The 2nd Annual Minnesota Remembers Event was a Success!
Nearly 200,000 flags placed by over 6,000 volunteers in honor of the 200,000 heroes laid to rest at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. It all started around 5am when the silence of the foggy Sunday morning was cut by the squeal of the opening cemetery gates. The Delegates made their way through the cemetery, preparing the grounds so public volunteers can have the privilege of honoring our fallen with an American flag for Memorial Day.
In the meantime, more Delegates and Select Volunteers were scurrying around an echoing Mall of America®, preparing registration, assignments, training, merchandise and busing, in preparation for the Flag Placement Volunteers due to start arriving at 9am. Everyone was laughing and smiling, excited to get to their positions and see if we can do it again; Blanket the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in waves of Red, White, and Blue.
Though dozens of no-show Select Volunteers caused quite the headache, a few Flag Placers stepped up wonderfully to try to fill their gap. Even with a few hiccups here and there, the day was a fantastic and memorable experience. Families and friends made memories as they came together to achieve an incredible feat. From sunset to sundown, Minnesota Remembers 2019 was another success. One flag for every headstone. Every hero honored for Memorial Day.