LITTLE FALLS — After a year of work and planning by hundreds of supporters, the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls now has a genuine balsam wreath with a big red bow honoring each of our country’s fallen veteran’s and their families interred there.
Despite freezing rain and poor road conditions, many people were able to attend the Remembrance Ceremony and wreath placement on Saturday to honor our country’s fallen veterans and their families.
At 11 a.m. everyone was assembled at the Flag Assembly Area by the Memorial Walkway. The walkway to and around the flag pole was lined with 350 wreaths that glistened with the freezing rain drops. The ceremony proceeded with seven presentations featuring seven wreaths representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines, and POW/MIA.
Shortly after the 11 a.m. ceremony concluded the many volunteers who were able to attend went to work placing the several thousand wreaths waiting at each section. Five service members who were killed in action who were interred at the cemetery were honored by separate teams placing a wreath on their graves. The event continued with the placement of the many hundreds of grave specific requests that had been received. All the remaining wreaths were then placed in 35 minutes.
“It is an amazing sight to see every headstone with a wreath this year,” John Thomas, president of WreathsForTheFallen.org, said. “All of our supporters have planned and worked so hard throughout the year to make this possible. Everyone that supported and contributed should be extremely proud to have been part of this wonderful achievement. I would invite anyone traveling near the cemetery to stop by and witness this remarkable sight.
“We shall now start preparations to honor our country’s fallen veterans at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery next year.”
Those who would like to make a general donation to this cause may contribute to the wreath general fund for the 2013 event. Information is on the www.WreathsForTheFallen.org website.
For additional information, contact: John Thomas at 218-829-6622 or go to www.WreathsForTheFallen.org.