Flag Placement 2023 - Individual / Family & Friend Group Registration

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Flag Placement 2023 - Individual / Family & Friend Group Registration

Flag Placement Volunteers are the ones responsible for placing the 180,000+ flags required to cover the cemetery during Memorial weekend.

By Flags for Fort Snelling

When and where

Date and time

Sunday, May 28 · 6am - 5pm CDT


Fort Snelling National Cemetery 7601 34th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55450

About this event

2023 Shifts - You Pick Which Works Best For You!

  • Shift #1 - 6am-8am
  • Shift #2 - 9am-11am
  • Shift #3 - 12pm-2pm
  • Shift #4 - 3pm-5pm

Things to Keep In Mind BEFORE You Register

  • Each registered volunteer is responsible for 150-180 flags, which will weigh up to 15 pounds. Please make sure you are physically able to lift upwards of 15lbs for an extended period!
  • Children 12 and under cannot be counted towards the total number of people you register for. This is because we only account for those who are able to independently commit to the 150-180 flags. For example, if you're registering for yourself, husband, daughter (14) and son (10) you would only register for 3 people.
  • Flag Placement will happen rain or shine, dress for the weather!
  • We highly recommend bringing a screwdriver to help create an initial pilot hole at each headstone, this helps especially when the ground is dry.
  • We encourage you to wear gloves. Many volunteers in the past have gotten blisters from placing so many flags!
  • *Disclaimer - This event is subject to change or cancellation due to the Department of Veterans Affairs' guidelines.

    Cemetery Rules

    1. No running in the cemetery.
    2. No leaning on, sitting on, or resting body or limbs on headstones or monuments.
    3. Do not pick up any flowers or flags (unless the flag has fallen to the ground).
    4. Do not touch any of the coins that were placed on top of the headstones or around the headstone.
    5. No advertising of any kind while on the cemetery grounds.
    6. Do not disrupt visitors at graves. You may ask to place the flag for them. However, if they deny the request, kindly give them a flag so that they can place it themselves.
    7. No littering, please ensure that you are picking up after yourselves.

    Frequently asked questions

    Where do we go the day of Flag Placement?
    Can I bring my kids / grandkids?
    How many flags do we get to place?
    Can I place the flag for my loved one at the cemetery?

    About the organizer