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Minnesota Military Youth to be recognized at the Minnesota State Fair

Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug 25, 2014

Minnesota’s Military Youth are the focus of Military Appreciation Day at the Minnesota State Fair on Tuesday, Aug 26th

“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 Maj Scott Hawks, director of public affairs for the Minnesota National Guard

A special tribute to military kids and their families includes a parade of more than 1,500 military family members from Lienie Lodge to Carousel Park Upon their arrival in Carousel Park just after 11:30, the Official Military Youth Recognition Event, emceed by KDWB’s Dave Ryan begins

Family concerts and flash mobs continue all afternoon in Carousel Park with performances by The Teddy Bear Band, The Bazillions, The Resistors and the Mall of America Flash Mob team

More than 50 military supportive organizations on display at the new Promo Place, on the corner of Murphy Ave and Cooper St Expo highlights include the “MilKids Selfie-Station” and USAA’s “It Can Wait” texting while driving simulator, said Hawks

The complete schedule of military appreciation day events is at wwwBeyondTheYellowRibbonorg/events-a-deals

The presenting sponsor of Military Appreciation Day at the Minnesota State Fair is USAA 

Follow Twitter photos from the fair all day at #MilKids

For more information on the Minnesota National Guard visit: www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org, or find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MinnesotaNationalGuard

INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE will soldiers and military families at the state and with soldiers currently deployed in Kuwait with the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade Contact Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at mn.ng.web@mail.mil, or call office line: 651-282-4410, cell: 612-508-2178

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