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State veterans cemeteries raising funds for holiday wreaths

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking help to fund wreaths that will honor Minnesota’s fallen heroes. The fundraising goal is $100,000 for 6,500 decorated wreaths.

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More than 10,300 veterans and spouses are interred among the three state veterans cemeteries. The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs is dedicated to providing cemetery visitors a sense of warmth, comfort and support as they spend time with their family members at their final resting place. During the winter holidays, in particular, Veterans Affairs works to create a special environment with memorial wreaths placed on all headstones.

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs wants to continue this tradition but needs funding assistance from the community to bring the effort to fruition. While a local nonprofit organization has led this effort in the past, this year it is unable to do so.

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking help to fund wreaths that will honor Minnesota’s fallen heroes. The fundraising goal is $100,000 for 6,500 decorated wreaths. More details are available at www.MinnesotaVeteran.org/Wreath .

The sea of wreaths should be fully placed by Dec. 20. Wreaths typically remain until the end of January.

The Little Falls location is at 15550 Highway 115, Little Falls. The cemetery office is open from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed on state holidays). Visitors may visit the cemetery grounds during daylight hours, seven days per week.

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