So Minnesota: Little Falls artist honors military members service

Updated: July 26, 2019 06:56 PM

Military families know the importance of not forgetting those who serve and protect our nation. One Minnesota artist is making sure that will never happen in our state.

Little Falls artist Charles Gilbert Kapsner is behind the project at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Campy Ripley.


Ten years ago, a local military group raised nearly $500,000 for Kapsner to paint the five branches of the military in the cemetery chapel.

"This is absolutley I think the best thing I've done in my entire life," Kapsner said. "They've been treated with great reverence and that's because they tell the stories of the men and women of military with reverence. I'm not a veteran so I look at this as my service to my country."

In September, Kapsner's final painting will go up in the chapel, ending a decade long project.

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