Wreaths Will Honor Passed Veterans
Jake Judd | Dec 2, 2019 AT 6:37 pm
(KNSI) - Thousands of wreaths will be placed at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls by a local organization and volunteers.
Wreaths for the Fallen started placing wreaths at the Veterans Cemetery across from Camp Ripley in 2006.
President John Thomas says it started with him about a half dozen other veterans.
"We thought it would be an excellent job if we could figure a way to honor all the veterans that are buried there knowing that family members move along in their life and move away. Many of the veterans don't have a family member in the area to pay their respects every year."
Last year, they placed more than 5,000 wreaths with the help of more than 2,000 volunteers.
"We all hand make specific wreaths, and we print up cards, and people come up, and they pick up a wreath, and they get a card for that sponsored wreath."
The goal is to place a wreath at every grave in the cemetery.
The ceremony gets started at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 14th, at the cemetery.
Due to the limited parking at the cemetery, it's recommended that every one carpool if they can.
Wreaths For The Fallen will also be honoring fallen veterans at the Preston and the new Duluth veterans cemeteries on the same day.
The addition of Preston and Duluth will require several hundred additional honor wreaths needed to honor our countries fallen veterans and their families at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemeteries once again this year.
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