Volunteers honor vets by planting Ft. Snelling flags
It began as a teaching moment for her daughters, but Joanne Malmstedt ended up shepherding something bigger.
When she called Ft. Snelling National Cemetery to ask if there was something they could do, cemetery officials told them they no longer put flags out on the headstones due to funding problems. “At that it kind of took on another realm of meaning for me, because it’s a shame. There are so many people here who don’t have family members to come and do stuff for em’.
Malmstedt said she decided to take on the projects, and it didn’t take long for her friends to jump on the bandwagon. They walked the hallowed grounds Monday morning, placing a flag at the foot of every headstone. In all they planned to plant 2,700 of the miniature flags, to make sure each veteran would be remembered.
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