Memories will linger, even as lettering on Fort Snelling headstones fades

  • Article by: MARK BRUNSWICK , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 30, 2012 - 11:12 PM

Change in federal cemetery policy means lettering on newer gravestones will use different paint.

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BallFourOct. 30, 1211:27 PM

It's a little deceiving to suggest her name isn't on the stone, or is disappearing. Most graves at Snelling have no black, they are just carved into the stone, and that never disappears. People can find the oldest stone out there with no problem, as each is clearly engraved with name and number.

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HenryRhettOct. 31, 1211:04 AM

My parents are both out there next to each other; both served in WWII. My Dad's marker looks great, but my Mom's looks terrible. I can understand that Fort Snelling has limited funds, but they should least descendants to pay out of their own pockets to refresh the paint. But they don't allow that. Typical bureaucratic/avoidance of controversy by the government - and I work for the government! not just

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biwabik517Oct. 31, 1211:14 AM

The article is poorly written. It doesn't explain if the change was made due to problems with the paint or if they intended to stop its use all along. Was the paint intended to be temporary? Were older stones painted? Most have no paint now. Are they using different paint on new stones or no paint at all? Really a poorly written article.

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HenryRhettOct. 31, 1211:29 AM

The people at Fort Snelling told me that they are intentionally allowing the paint to fade. They want them all to look the same. But there are 2 obvious problems with that: 1) Many are not fading at all, so they WON'T be the same; 2) After they fade they look terrible - so even if some day they all fade they will all look terrible. All I want is to be able to pay someone out of my own pocket to fix my mother's. She was one of the first WAACs and one of the first female military officers.

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betseypOct. 31, 12 4:59 PM

Do use your common sense. The logisitcs of a National Cemetery are frightening enough without each individual descendent asking at a different time to update their loved-one's marker. THAT would be a logisitcal NIGHTMARE. My grandparents' marker at Arlington never had the paint and is very faded, but that doesnt take away my love for them or my appreciation for my grandpa's service. I know where they are and I can find them with no diffuculty. Dont make a mountain out of a molehill.

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HenryRhettOct. 31, 12 6:09 PM

Betseyp: It obviously would not be a logistical nightmare if the service was performed by vendor(s) specifically authorized by Fort Snelling and completely paid for by descendants. And your implication that because the paint is faded somehow might affect my love or appreciation for my parents is silly and insulting.

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