A Cemetery Just for Veterans

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Cory Engen, a member of Local 744 and a veteran of both the Army and Marines, prepares headstones for placement.

The Minnesota Veterans Cemetery in Randall is just down the road from Camp Ripley. The cemetery offers grave sites and columbarium niches exclusively for military veterans and their families. AFSCME members oversee funeral arrangements and burials, set headstones, and care for the grounds. It is not your typical clerical or maintenance job, says Local 744’s Kevin Doucette.

The state’s Department of Veterans Affairs expects to open a second veterans cemetery in Preston in 2015, and hopes to build two others in Redwood Falls and near Duluth.