Photo of Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Weekly Gem #86 A fitting resting place for a "Citizen Soldier, Flight 93"

Published 9/10/2016

Location:   This 'hidden gem' is located at the north edge of Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN (see Clue Me! Map).  The photograph shows perhaps 10% of the grave sites. One reason to visit this spot is that it's on a slight rise, so you get a sense of the magnitude of the cemetery, and how many heroes are buried here. You also realize how many graves are not visible, hidden behind the many trees and rolling hills (because you will have just driven through them to reach this location).

Almost all of the markers are members of the military, and families, from Minnesota and the surrounding states. Almost all, but not quite. You could stop about half a mile south of here at a civilian's grave that certainly belongs.

It reads:

Thomas E. Burnett Jr

Cadet, U.S. Air Force

May 29 1963

Sep 11 2001

Citizen Soldier

Flight 93


Here's the hidden gem entry from our Clue Me! map.


Row upon row of stone markers


Fort Snelling National Cemetery

Why It's Interesting

Fort Snelling National Cemetery is one of the largest national cemeteries for U.S. military veterans. It was established in 1939, but has many graves of veterans from prior wars who were moved here. Graves of several medal of honor awardees are here. The map location of this gem is a place where you can get a sense of the sheer numbers of veterans from Minnesota and neighboring states who have served our country. It is remarkable.

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