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Minnesota National Guard
Red Shirt Rally Shows Support

CAMP RIPLEY, Minn – Veterans and civilians alike stood outside Camp Ripley’s front gate on October 12, 2012 as a show of support to the dedication and selfless services of military members

The 48 total supporters represented a cross section of County Commissioners, City Council members and veterans young and old Each displayed their support through signs and by waving flags of all sizes

The rally was organized by retired Camp Ripley employee Ken Oechsle of Little Falls “The first red shirt rally started with wives of Marine Corps Soldiers who wanted to stand-up and show support for their husbands,” said Oechsle “The rally is non-partisan and signifies a unified support for Service members”

The event was special for Little Falls City Council member Loren Boyem who proudly displayed a flag that was given to him by his son-in-law The flag was flown in Afghanistan for 9 minutes and 11 seconds on September 11, 2005 in Bagram, Afghanistan

“Minnesota National Guard Soldiers don’t receive enough credit, especially for what they do in serving State Active Duty and that is why we are all here,” said Oechsle

In 2012 the Minnesota National Guard was called for three state active duty missions, one for flooding and two for wild fires Over the past 10 years they have also been called up for humanitarian relief efforts in support of the victims of Hurricane Katrina and the Haiti earthquake

“This rally shows the level of support that we receive from the local area,” says Camp Ripley Post Commander Col Scott St Sauver “Without the support of our local communities we cannot succeed in our state and federal missions”

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