Minnesota National Guard
Purple Up! Day at the State Capitol Rotunda

Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 14

ST. PAUL, Minn. -
Military families and supporters are gathering at the State Capitol Rotunda in St. Paul Tuesday morning in recognition of military youth on national "Purple Up!" day.

The program, which begins at 9 a.m. will include: recognition from The Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Richard Nash; a presentation of the Governor's letter to a child whose parent is deployed; and a ground breaking announcement from the Minnesota Military Family Tribute.

"Military children bravely face the uncertainty of their parent's safety when they are away, as well as the difficult reintegration when they return. It is important for these military-connected youth to know that their nation and community stand by them in support, and that we recognize their strength and the sacrifices they have made," said Army Cpt. Marian Belinski, Minnesota National Guard state family programs director.

"While it is the 4th annual national "Purple Up!" day, this is the first official recognition event for our military youth at the state capital, and we welcome everyone to put on purple and come out in support of these kids," said Belinski.

In addition to Tuesday's event, many activities for military youth are scheduled throughout the month. Find a complete list at www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org and click on the Month of the Military Child special feature.

Editors: To schedule interviews with military families who have a parent deployed, contact 1st Lt. Melanie Nelson at 651-282-4412 or melanie.k.nelson.mil@mail.mil

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at mn.ng.web@mail.mil or call 651-282-4410.

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