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Minnesota National Guard
Richfield is becoming a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon community

BY BILLIE JO RASSAT - SUN NEWSPAPERS Published: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 9:06 PM CDT

The yellow ribbon signifies military support and encouragement that Minnesotans wear proudly, but now the city of Richfield can say they are doing more

Richfield is on the path to becoming a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon community

The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program connects service members and their families with community support, training, services and resources

Staff Sgt Andrew Peterson heads the campaign in Minnesota with the motto that Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is united to bring service members all the way home

The campaign contains a network and a recognition program

The network will provide for Richfield relationships between military personnel, community leaders, resource providers and volunteers Using the network, the community will increase its awareness to the challenges service members and their families deal with as a result of deployments

Richfield councilmember, veteran and father of two service men, Tom Fitzhenry is excited to get this program underway

"We have a lot of military personnel in our community We want to make them welcomed and have support in our community," Fitzhenry said

The recognition program allows a community to gain the governor's recognition as they develop action plans that demonstrate sustainable commitment to all military personnel and their families

Richfield is in stage three on their way to becoming a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon community During this stage the community must hold Yellow Ribbon Kickoff

The Kickoff is planned for 6:30 pm, Monday, April 11, at the Richfield American Legion, 6501 Portland Ave S

At this event the city will be official introduced to the campaign Those attending will create awareness of the needs of the service members and theirs families have within the community

A Yellow Ribbon Steering Committee will be formed and sent into action

"Hopefully we will have a good turnout," Peterson said

Richfield Mayor Debbie Goettel will give the opening address at the Kickoff Other council members and business leaders have agreed to attend

According to Peterson, addressing the needs before, during and after deployments are important in making communities strong and healthy

Info: BeyondTheYellowRibbonorg
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