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Military friendly organizations proclaimed Yellow Ribbon

ST PAUL, Minn - Several Minnesota counties, cities, companies, churches and a college campus were presented Yellow Ribbon Proclamations on Tuesday for their support of Minnesota Service members and their families

Governor Tim Pawlenty awarded the proclamations on behalf of the Minnesota National Guard during the Yellow Ribbon Summit at Century College in White Bear Lake, Minn

Those receiving their Yellow Ribbon proclamation included: Washington and Isanti counties; the cities of Hugo, Stillwater and Woodbury; North Heights Lutheran and St John Neumann Churches; companies to include Cub Foods, Disabled Veterans Rest Camp, Baskfield and Associates, Faelon Partners Ltd and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities; and Rasmussen College

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The recognized organizations worked under the guidance of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon to develop a sustainable, organization-specific action plans detailing how they are going to support Minnesota Service members and their families

Pawlenty stressed why it was important for others in the state to get on board with the Yellow Ribbon Community Campaign,  "We have these great men and women who are willing to give up their lives for this country," said Pawlenty, "We need to do everything we can to support them in any way we can"

The Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard, Maj Gen Larry Shellito, also spoke at the summit, describing his vision for the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program

"My goal is that when the winds of war die down, hopefully, and things settle down, that this does not stop," said Shellito, "we have to transcend this concept beyond the military"

In addition to the ceremony the summit also included a variety of workshops including a general session on best practices and speakers from many of the newly proclaimed Yellow Ribbon organizations recounting what has been successful for them  The workshops also included a breakout session with entities who would like to become Yellow Ribbon

By Spc Miles Eakins
Jan 5, 2010






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