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Wreaths to be removed from cemetery

The state of Minnesota cemetery rules say all Christmas decorations on the graves at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery should be removed soon., the nonprofit organization that raised most of the money to provide the wreaths that covered the entire cemetery this year has also taken the task of removing the wreaths.

Feb. 4th at 9:30 a.m. is the day that’s been selected since most of the volunteers from along with the many Minnesota Patriot Guard and Civil Air Patrol members are available. Reports are that many people have visited the cemetery to see the sight of the entire cemetery covered with the beautiful wreaths with the bright red bows.

Everyone that participated in the wreaths laying ceremony in December is invited to participate in the task of removing the almost 3000 wreaths. There is also going to be a get-together after the wreaths are removed at the Canteen located by Camp Ripley.

John Thomas, president of, the new 501(c)(3) non profit organization that is dedicated to providing wreaths at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls, said the response this year has far surpassed last year. Contributions more than doubled this year and many people have visited the new website, Thomas said.

To have your personal wreath hand made and included in the next event; send your name, address, and phone number (in case of questions) and $15(for each wreath requested) to: 5244 Ashdale Lane, Baxter,MN, 56425. Also include the full name and date of birth of the veteran or family member the wreath is for. will confirm the exact location of the grave site number. Please make your check out to “Wreaths”. All contributions are tax-deductible.

For those that would like to make a general donation to this cause, please feel free to contribute to the wreath general fund and an appropriate number of wreaths will be made and distributed at the December event. Everyone is invited to participate in the wreath laying ceremony.

For additional information, contact: John Thomas at 829-6622, email: or visit

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