MINNEAPOLIS - In 2018, for the first time in more than three decades, a flag was placed on every headstone at Fort Snelling for Memorial Day.

Now, Flags for Fort Snelling wants to do it again. You can join them by volunteering or donating to help them purchase flags and sustainable staffs.

The nonprofit Flags for Fort Snelling is 100 percent volunteer-run.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Ongoing: Volunteers to help Flags for Fort Snelling answer phones, emails, and social media messages
  • May 11: Flag-sorting volunteers
    • Location: MIBOX, 508 N Merger St. #500, Norwood Young America, MN
    • Hours: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    • More information here
  • May 14: Telethon phone operators
    • Location: Headquarters 118 East Main Street Anoka, MN
    • Hours: Volunteers can choose a 3-hour time slot below
      • 6 - 9 a.m.
      • 9 a.m. - noon
      • Noon - 3 p.m.
      • 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
    • More information here
  • May 24: Flag sorting
    • Help bundle and pack up the last 40,000 flags before Memorial Day weekend.
    • Location: MIBOX, 508 N Merger St. #500, Norwood Young America, MN
    • Hours: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Come and go as you wish)
    • More information here
  • May 26: Volunteers to help guide the masses

Other events happening at Mall of America in partnership with Flags for Fort Snelling:

May 24-27, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

During World War I, the United States sent more than 4.5 million men and women to fight in the war. More than 100,000 were from Minnesota. Visitors will explore Minnesota's involvement in WWI as they stroll through an above-ground trench, view a county service flag and inspect artifacts and uniforms from both sides of the war. Children can participate in activities, such as coloring sheets, an exhibit scavenger hunt and a poppy making craft. The exhibit will be set up in the Northeast Court throughout Memorial Day Weekend. More information here.

May 24-27, 10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Minnesota Survivor Outreach Services brings forward this Tribute to the Troops Wall as a way to help Survivors cope with their loss. This wall recognizes the Minnesota Fallen Comrades, and remembers the sacrifices made while serving our country.

May 26, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Join thousands of Minnesotans on Sunday, May 26 for the Minnesota Remembers tribute event in the MOA Rotunda from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. featuring live music entertainment, Nestle Tollhouse cookie giveaways, red, white and blue themed face painting, and many more fun activities.

  • Breakfast at Mall of America at 8 a.m.
  • Volunteers register and place flags 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. beginning at Mall of America
  • Minnesota Tribute Walk at Fort Snelling 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Nestle Tollhouse Cookies 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
  • Maund Entertainment Face Painters 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Live music at the rotunda 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., 2 - 4 p.m.