Plans Moving Forward for Veterans Cemetery in Twin Ports

Veterans Cemetery Planned for the Northland

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Plans to construct a State Veterans Cemetery south of Pike Lake are in the works. 

The lack of a local Veterans cemetery in the Northland has state officials planning construction for one near Pike Lake.

The progress is moving slower than expected due to the wetlands of the property. 

Right now, the layout does not include a building. 

“In Northern Minnesota in the winter, I don’t agree with that.  So, I’m hoping or thinking that their might be some fundraising that will be needed to put some sort of building there to do services and keep the building warm,” said Duluth Honor Guard Captain, John Marshall.

Moving forward Marshall, says there is a huge need in the area. 

The only state veterans cemetery is more than 150 miles away from Duluth.

“There’s many times where I present a flag to a widow and the hearse takes off to Fort Snelling and that widow will never be able to go to the cemetery or will have the ability to go visit their loved one and talk with them and place flowers.  So, this is a very centralized location,” said Marshall. 

Marshall expects to perform 6 military honors a day when construction is complete.

Officials are hoping to break ground next fall and complete the site in 2018.

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