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Minnesota National Guard
Governor scheduled to recognize Yellow Ribbon entities at St. Paul Saints home opener

May 15

ST PAUL, Minn- Gov Mark Dayton is scheduled to recognize the newest Yellow Ribbon entities at a Yellow Ribbon Proclamation Ceremony being held at Midway Stadium in St Paul, Minn, Thursday

"The outward showing of support by these communities eases the burden for military families, eases the transition from warrior to citizen, and builds a stronger and more compassionate community," said Director of Military Outreach, Annette Kuyper

"Blaine, West St Paul and St Paul have earned the designation as Yellow Ribbon Cities and Suburban Ramsey County has earned the designation of a Yellow Ribbon County," said Kuyper "Hennepin Technical College will be proclaimed the newest Yellow Ribbon Company"

"They have each completed the 16-step process that guides them through identifying and developing resources for military families in all key areas of their community or company," said Kuyper "They are ready to be recognized as Yellow Ribbon entities"

"At the proclamation ceremony we'll hear about the fantastic things these networks are doing," said Kuyper  "Some of those stories include how the Blaine Yellow Ribbon Network assisted a military family with six children during the holidays and the West St Paul Yellow Ribbon Network partnered with the South Robert St Business Association to connect support  

The Yellow Ribbon Proclamation event is scheduled for May 17 at 6:45 pm at Midway Stadium, 1771 Energy Park Drive, St Paul, Minn 55108, prior to that evening's military appreciation game

Representatives from each Yellow Ribbon entity will accept the award  Former St Paul council member Pat Harris is scheduled to serve as the Master of Ceremonies

South St Paul, who is hosting this event, was proclaimed a Yellow Ribbon City in September 2010 More than 100 counties, cities and companies have been proclaimed Yellow Ribbon individually or as a group since December 2008

For more information or to schedule an interview contact 2LT Melanie Nelson, Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs; 651-282-4412, 651-253-4968 (cell) or Melanienelson@us.army.mil

For more information visit wwwBeyondTheYellowRibbonorg


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