MINNEAPOLIS - KARE 11 is teaming up with Flags for Fort Snelling, the Mall of America, RBCU and APi Group to honor those that have served in the United States Military by raising the funds needed to honor the heroes laid to rest at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery with an American Flag on Memorial Day. This hasn't been accomplished at Fort Snelling in more than thirty years. This goal is ambitious and the organizations involved will need community support to see it accomplished.
On Tuesday, May 15 the goal of $225,000 was reached. Thank you for your generous donations!
The money will be used to purchase flags, replace damaged flags, event planning, shuttle costs and online costs.
Donations are still being accepted through May 25 and will go towards new and replacement flags for years to come.
The non-profit, Flags for Fort Snelling, is run 100 percent by volunteers.
So where do the flags come from? They're all made in the United States. Flags for Fort Snelling ordered them through Display Sales in Bloomington.
"The previous couple of years we had to source from a couple different places. This year, we got them all at one location. The trick was to get the correct dowel for the flags, with a pointed dowel, so that it would be easier to put into the ground," said Nancy Peterson, owner of Display Sales.
They're currently being made in Georgia and will be shipped to the Mall of America the week before Memorial Day weekend.
There will be a full slate of events happening at the Mall of America and Fort Snelling leading up to Memorial Day.