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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  • Both of my parents along with other family members are buried here, for that reason alone it is a special place. I always get a little tear in my eye when I come here. National Cemetery's are not very...  more »
  • We have stopped here many times and the grounds are extremely well kept. It is always a time to stop and reflect. I have made arrangement to be buried here.  more »
  • Fort Snelling is a great historical place to visit and has many spirits who wander these grounds. It is near the airport and an easy stop to make on your way in or out of town.  more »
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  • I miss my friends and family. They are at least here with all true, real American heros. RIP brothers and sisters. You are gone but never forgotten.
  • Well groomed and maintained. B-E-A-utiful and peaceful cemtery...it's size makes it feel like it's own, big neighborhood.
  • Very very clean and quiet
  • It is 5/27/2018: I visited the cemetery today for Memorial Day. It is a beautiful sight to see the white stones with flags by them. The grounds are meticulously maintained. As I was taking pictures a visitor placed the red rose on the memorial for the Sky Soldiers that served in Viet Nam. Why she did this is unknown and she did not know I was watching. Obviously the monument had meaning to her. If you read the copy and look at the flower it is a great way to remember those who served.
  • A lovely, respectfully run final resting place for MANY Heros.
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