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Dedication Planned for Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston

5/13/2016 9:00:00 AM

May 13, 2016  
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Anna Long
(651) 757-1536
(651) 263-2640


A dedication ceremony is planned for Minnesota’s newest State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, Minn. The second State Veterans Cemetery in Minnesota is located on 169-acres, which were donated by Fillmore County. Construction was complete in late 2015, and the first Veterans were laid to rest on Veterans Day, 2015. The dedication event, hosted by the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, will include special music by the Red Bull Brass Quintet, a flag line by the Rochester Patriot Guard, flyovers of World War II aircraft, a rifle salute, special speakers and more.

* Limited seating is available; guests are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs.

  • U.S. Representative Tim Walz
  • MDVA Commissioner Larry Shellito
  • MN Dept. of Administration Commissioner Matt Massman
  • NCA Veterans Cemetery Grants Program, Director George Eisenbach
  • Cemeteries Director Dave Swantek
  • Cemetery Administrator Robert Gross
  • Red Bull Brass Band
  • Minnesota Military Funeral Honors Team  
WHEN:     Sunday, May 29, 2016. Prelude music at 1:30 p.m., program at 2 p.m.
WHERE:     Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery—Preston, 715 Highway 52 Preston, MN 55965

**Visit the MDVA website for more information on Memorial Day events around the state, including the annual Memorial Day weekend ceremony at the State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls, and events at the Minnesota State Veterans Homes. 


The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA)
The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs is a cabinet level state agency dedicated to serving Minnesota Veterans and their families. In addition to overseeing the five State Veterans Homes, MDVA helps eligible Veterans and families secure state and federal benefits and provides programs and services relating to higher education, benefits, burial, claims, outreach and Veteran’s preference. For more information visit or call 1-(888)-LinkVet.

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