Volunteering for Memorial Day at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery

Today I spoke with a close friend of mine who was feeling badly about not being able to volunteer on Memorial Day at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery. She and her family are part of a tradition of camping with other close friends and their families. They make amazing memories with their children, but are sure to not forget the reason behind the holiday.

Flags-for-Fort-Snelling-Memorial-Day-American-Veterans-FlagsOf course, we do not want anyone to feel guilty for not being in town to volunteer on Memorial Day at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery. In fact, that is one of the main reasons that gave birth to our mission! There are many people who, for various reasons, cannot make it to the Fort Snelling National Cemetery to honor their loved ones in person. Flags for Fort Snelling wants to help bridge the distance and disconnect for those people as best we can.  Thanks to our Flag Placement Requests, with the help of our Facebook page, we can share a photo with the requester so they can see the American Flag placed at the grave site of their loved one.

To those who spend their Memorial Day weekends out of town or even at home with a BBQ, we still want you to enjoy the holiday with your loved ones. Of course, we hope you’ll take a moment to remember and honor the fallen American Heroes who gave their lives for our country, for they are the reason for Memorial Day.

The close friend of mine who prompted this post still wanted to show her support for the Flags for Fort Snelling mission, in addition to her own Memorial Day tradition.  So she purchased FFFS t-shirts for her family, and has decided to volunteer as FLAG COLLECTORS, a truly valuable need for FFFS. Flag Collectors return to the Fort Snelling National Cemetery within 10 days after Memorial Day to collect the American Flags to be used the following year. This is a drastic cost savings for FFFS, so we cannot express our gratitude for those who volunteer for this position.

So if you cannot volunteer on Memorial Day at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery, but still want to contribute, there are many ways to support FFFS. SHARE. DONATE. BUY FFFS MERCHANDISE.

Or CONTACT US about any other way you’d like to help. We want to hear your personal stories and why Memorial Day at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery is important to you!

 

-Rocky Borchardt

 

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