Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis

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Fort Snelling National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located in the city of Minneapolis in Hennepin County, Minnesota. It is the older of the two national cemeteries in the state. Administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, it encompasses, and as of 2017 had over 225,000 interments. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.
Fort Snelling was a frontier fort first established in 1819. Its original purpose was to keep the peace on what was then the western frontier. During the American Civil War it served as a recruiting camp area for Minnesota volunteers. The cemetery was officially established in 1870.
In 1937, the citizens of St. Paul, petitioned Congress to construct a National Cemetery in the area. Two years later, the new plot was dedicated, and the burials from the original post cemetery were moved to it. In 1960, the Fort Snelling Air Force Station transferred to the cemetery; another 177acre were acquired in 1961, expanding the cemetery to its current size.
There was a tradition of placing a flag on every grave on Memorial Day, but as the cemetery grew, the staff was forced to stop. In 2017, the nonprofit Flags for Fort Snelling attempted to revive the tradition.
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  • We went to attend a military funeral and then took time to somberly reflect on the lives lost. Take time to read the tombstones and stop by some of the additional memorials, such as the plaques and fl...  more »
  • This national cemetery is beautifully maintained. If you have never been to a national cemetery before you would be impressed. I have personal reasons for visiting as we have family laid to rest here.  more »
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  • My dad & my uncle are both buried there. They were both in two different Military services. Plus buried in two different sections of the cemetery. I miss & love them both deeply. They mean the world to me. I will always keep them in my heart & the memories alive of them too❤I visit there grave site often as I can always. I Thank them for there services. God Bless! R.I.P. ❤🇺🇸❤🇺🇸 Its a beautiful cemetery. I love it.
  • As a National cemetery, it is very well kept. Every day the maintenance crews are out there working. I never have to worry about how I'm going to find a grave, as they are all kept neatly trimmed and visible (the flat stone markers are never hidden under inches of sod). There is always staff around to help should anyone have questions. Very lovely, quiet and contemplative place.

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