Flags for Fort Snelling was born with the mission to continue the tradition of honoring our Veterans on Memorial Day by placing flags at their headstones. The Fort Snelling National Cemetery is operated by the Veterans Administration with a limited number of civilian staff, thus do not have the funding or assistance to provide a flag for almost 200,000 graves. This is where we step in. We work to collect donations for the funding of the American Flags, and then organize volunteers to distribute the flags on Memorial Day. As an added effort to keep the public’s interest in our mission, we offer the opportunity for those to request a special recognition for their loved one if they cannot personally make it to the cemetery. We collect their loved one’s names, and provide a photo of the flag we place in their honor.