Memorial Day Details & Rules
Please read through each of these notes about Memorial Day morning. Thank You!
1. ARRIVAL/PARKING: We ask that everyone enter through GATE 3. Turn left on West Outer Drive, then right on First Drive to park. They ask everyone to stay for the duration of the ceremony, but if you must leave, please do so with minimal disturbance possible.
(see map) for check-in, instructions and assigned areas.
2. DISTRIBUTION: We will be gathering away from the ceremony area, so expect a fair amount of walking. We will walk to the areas we are placing flags, and will have pre-designated vehicles parked near the areas as flag holding stations. (more details on the morning of)
3. WEATHER/APPAREL: We will be placing flags Rain or Shine. We will only cancel if the Parade/Ceremony is cancelled. Please bring any weather appropriate apparel to be prepared. (we will post any changes to Facebook.)
4. BRINGING FLAGS: Fort Snelling National Cemetery asks for total uniformity. If you are intending on bringing your own flags, they will need to be the 8″ x 12″ flags with wooden staffs. We ask that you please bring them to a FFFS Staff Member so that we can ensure uniformity.
5. *FLAG RUNNERS: We will have a Flag Runner Leader to provide instructions for this very important position. We do not have many Placement Requests, but they are all so important to our mission. The cemetery does not want anyone showing up in full running gear, though tennis shoes are acceptable. In fact, they ask that we not run, but keep to a brisk walk as we place the individual flags.
6. *FLAG COLLECTORS: For those of you who will be returning to the cemetery to help collect the American flags, please plan on meeting back at the National Cemetery on TBD- Update Soon (We will send additional details prior to collection with further details.)
7. CEMETERY RULES: Please respect the rules of Fort Snelling.
- NO RUNNING in the cemetery.
- NO LEANING on, sitting on, or resting body or limbs on headstones or monuments.
- DO NOT PICK UP any flowers or flags (unless you see the flag has fallen to the ground)
- DO NOT TOUCH any of the coins that were placed on top of the headstones or around the headstone.
- NO ADVERTISING of any kind while on the cemetery grounds.
8. FLAG ETIQUETTE: Memorial Day is the only day when flags can be used to decorate military graves, according to the National Cemetery Administration Directives. The flags can be placed by relatives of the soldier, by veteran’s groups, such as the American Legion, or by members of the community.
If a flag falls to the ground or is dropped, please hold that flag separately from the rest until it can be inspected by FFFS Staff Members.
9. FLAG PLACEMENT: There are specific instructions for how to place a flag on a gravesite, which will be given on Memorial morning. We ask that you take great care with every flag that is placed, and that you pay close attention when these instructions are given.