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1,000 Vietnam Era Veterans to march at the MN State Fair Military Appreciation Day

Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 23

More than 1,000 Vietnam Veterans, 700 volunteers and 70 military supportive organizations will participate in the Minnesota State Fair Military Appreciation Day presented by USAA Bank on Tuesday, Aug 27 from 8 am to 4 pm

"A very special addition this year is the recognition of Vietnam-Era Veterans  There are 1,000 Vietnam-Era Veterans scheduled to march from the flag raising ceremony at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell across the grounds to Carousel Park  At Carousel Park, the official Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War program will include powerful messages of appreciation to a generation that didn't get a proper thank you," said Maj. Gen. Richard Nash, Minnesota National Guard adjutant general
 
Governor Mark Dayton will be a guest speaker at the commemoration

"As they've registered to participate we've heard all their stories; the Marine that changed out of uniform in the airport as he didn't want to be seen in his uniform, and the Soldier that served for a year in the jungle and hasn't shared his story," said 2nd Lt Melanie Nelson, Military Appreciation Day Project Officer 

"Military Appreciation Day at the State Fair is an opportunity to educate fair visitors about the military community and military support organizations in Minnesota  The day will also pay respect to members of the military and their families with concerts by country artist Rockie Lynne and discounted tickets for all veterans at the gate," said Nelson

The day will include representation by all branches of service, nearly 70 educational booths and military equipment and vehicles - including a Minnesota Army National Guard High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle-mounted Ground Control Station, C130 Hercules cargo plane flight deck from the 934th Airlift Wing, the St Cloud Veteran Affairs' mobile health center, the Mobile Vet Center and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon booth
 
Military Appreciation Day Schedule:
 
8:00-4:00 - Education Alley opens - 70 military displays and educational booths from different branches of service and organizations that support military families on West Dan Patch in front of Heritage Square

9:30 - Veterans Memorial Park program recognizing Gold Star families

10:25 - Flag raising at Leinie Lodge Bandshell

10:30 - 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Band performs at Leinie Lodge Bandshell

10:30 - 1,000 Vietnam Era Veterans march from Leinie Lodge Bandshell to Carousel Park

10:45 - Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War program in Carousel Park, with a World War II North American T-6 Texan flyover and guest speakers

11:15 - Country artist Rockie Lynne performs in Carousel Park

11:45 - 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Band performs at Leinie Lodge Bandshell

1:45 - Country artist Rockie Lynne performs in Carousel Park

2:00 - State Fair parade featuring military support organizations

4:00 - Education Alley closes

All day - discounted tickets ($7 rate) for military members with documentation

For media interviews and escort information during the Minnesota State Fair Military Appreciation Day contact Capt John Hobot at johnmhobotmil@mail.mil or call 651-728-1301  

For more information on the Military Appreciation Day at the State Fair go to http://wwwBeyondTheYellowRibbonorg or call 651-282-4440  

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