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A sea of green balsam wreaths

LITTLE FALLS — Due to a last minute wave of contributions and sponsorships all indications are that shortly after 11 a.m. Dec. 15, a giant sea of green balsam wreaths with big red bows will begin to spread over the entire Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls to honor every one of our country’s fallen veterans buried there.

“At the last count there were 3,798 gravesites at the cemetery,” John Thomas, president of, said. “And more will be added by Dec. 15. All indications at this time show we will be able to honor all the veterans buried there this year with a large natural handmade balsam bough wreath with a big red bow. It’s a miracle about to happen.”

Wreath requests to honor our country’s fallen veterans have been substantially higher than last year. and its many volunteers have worked hard over the past few years to meet its goal and recent large contributions from various organizations have made this possible, according to Thomas.

This year the date for the National Remembrance Ceremony has been scheduled for 11 a.m. Dec. 15, the third Saturday in December. Next year and thereafter it will be back on the second Saturday in December. 

For a number of years now the annual ceremony has been conducted at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery honoring veterans who have served honorably for our country. After the ceremony, consisting of representatives from each branch of the military, several thousand wreaths will be placed on various markers of our fallen veterans. Many volunteers from the Minnesota Civil Air Patrol and the Minnesota Patriot Guard perform the honor of placing the wreaths on the grave sites. The public is also invited to assist in the wreath distribution.

Everyone is invited to the ceremony and wreath placement. It is suggested those interested in attending arrive before 10 a.m. The ceremony starts at 11 a.m. sharp. Wreath placement begins at about 11:20 a.m.

A group from Eagle Bend will provide lots of hot coffee, hot cider and other refreshments for everyone attending this event.

Those who would like to make a general donation to this cause, may do so by contributing to the wreath general fund for the 2013 event. Information is on the web site. Everyone is invited to participate in the wreath laying ceremony.

For additional information, contact: John Thomas at 218-829-6622 or go to

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