The Legacy Flag-
Never has a flag staff meant so much.
May 19th, 2020
The Legacy Flag is really a big deal, for more reasons than one.
Hello FFFS Followers,
My name is Rocky Borchardt, co-founder of Flags for Fort Snelling. I wanted to take a moment to write to you about this retractable flag staff that we are making such a big stink about. Honestly, this flag staff means so much to me that I don’t even know where to begin talking about it.
This staff is truly the LEGACY Flag for multiple reasons:
♦ This flag staff is being used to honor the legacies of every hero laid to rest at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
♦ The addition of this retractable flag staff to our operations could literally BE the legacy of the Minnesota Remembers tradition itself. Unfortunately, the disposable flags we currently use are too much of a financial and environmental cost to keep replacing annually. Our fundraising needs would never end, putting the tradition at risk if we ever fell financially short.
♦ And, on a personal note, I would really love to leave behind a 250,000 count permanent collection for Fort Snelling as my legacy contribution to the tradition.
Flags for Fort Snelling has truly been a passion of mine since we started the non-profit in 2015. I knew it was going to be a process to develop an annual system of placing hundreds of thousands of flags with the help of thousands of volunteers. It was going to take some stepping stones until we got the final, fine-tuned annual system nailed down, including finding a replacement for the disposable flags.
And as of 2020, we are so close to having a sustainable system established to ensure the Minnesota Remembers tradition happens every year without fail. We’ve been able to keep it a public event, we have the incredible support of Fort Snelling National Cemetery leadership, and we’ve come a long way since our first 3,000 flags placed in 2015.
But in November 2018, I was hit with the surprise diagnosis of Stage 4 Ovarian Cancer. Right away, I went into surgery and spent half of 2019 in chemotherapy, but sadly we aren’t seeing the results we’d like. Ovarian cancer isn’t one anyone walks away from, so the hope is to get as much quality as I can out of the limited time I’ve got left. How much time is that? Well, the doctors don’t really like to give me that info, but it’s quite possible I won’t be around to watch my only child graduate high school in 2022.
No matter how much time there is, I know what I want to do with it…and that’s to secure a permanent collection of Legacy Flags for Fort Snelling National Cemetery. I’d love these flags to be the legacy I leave behind as my way of showing my eternal appreciation for our Veterans and all they’ve ever sacrificed.
But we need your help. We need to find the funding to get these flag staffs manufactured (right here in Minnesota!). We need the help of individuals donating and helping spread our message as far and as often as possible. We need connections to the patriotic companies who see the value in donating to our cause and want to be a part of making this legacy happen.
As long as I’m drawing breath, I’ll be working toward securing this Minnesota Remembers tradition for Memorial Day. When I leave this world, I want to know we rebuilt a tradition so strong that it’ll never be lost to us again. The generations of heroes before are counting on us, and the generations after need us to lead by example.
So if you want to join us and our mission for a permanent collection of 250,000 Legacy Flags for Fort Snelling National Cemetery, I hope you’ll reach out! Call us. Email us. Heck, you can even stop by our headquarters in Anoka to say Hello. Like our Facebook. Share our posts. Tag your friends. Be a part of the solution until every last Legacy Flag is secured.
Thank you for taking the time to read a bit about my story and why this Legacy Flag is so important to the future of how we honor Memorial Day in Minnesota. I appreciate each and every FFFS supporter and am honored to place flags arm in arm with you every year.
My best to all of you- Please stay safe and healthy and take care of those around you!
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Anoka, Minnesota 55448