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Minnesota Family Tribute Honors all Military and Veteran Families

Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 2, 2015

ST PAUL, Minn- The final element of the Minnesota Military Family Tribute, the first-of-its-kind complex in the nation dedicated to Minnesota military families, will be installed at 1 pm Thursday, June 4, on the Minnesota State Capitol Grounds

The Minnesota Military Family Tribute is the newest addition to the monuments, memorials, and works of art on the green space of the 18-acre mall recalling events, remarkable acts and achievements of Minnesotans The public dedication ceremony will occur on Saturday, June 13 at 10 am

The final piece, the Gold Star Table, will be lifted into place at 1 pm, at the west end of the promenade The Gold Star Table recognizes the supreme sacrifice of our Gold Star families, those that have lost a loved one in while in service to their countries military The space features a sculpted table representing many narratives It recalls the tables that we gather at as a family to share dinner, stories, and laughter It is a place of gathering, reflection and recreating memories

The Gold Star Table joins two other previously constructed elements that honor military and veteran families:

THANK YOU MILITARY AND VETERAN FAMILY WALKWAY: The promenade is expressed as a graceful arc which responds to the seasons Majestic rows of trees line the path, providing shade in the summer and places of rest on benches below

STORY STONES: Minnesota soldiers hail from each of the state's 87 counties Eighty-seven story stones are arranged into Northern-Hemisphere constellations These stones serve as a unique visual connection between loved ones that are deployed, their families at home and the shared stars of the night sky

MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA ARE INVITED TO THE OBSERVE THE GOLD STAR TABLE BEING HOISTED INTO PLACE:

WHO: Minnesota media
WHAT: Minnesota Military Family Tribute- Gold Star Table installation
WHERE: Minnesota State Capitol Mall (In front of the Veterans Services Building between the Minnesota Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Korean War Memorial)
WHEN: Thursday, June 4th at 1 pm
NOTE: Television is invited to broadcast live during mid-day news programs
INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE AT 1pm: Gold Star family member(s), Minnesota Military Family Tribute Board members(s), military leader(s)
MORE INFORMATION: www.MilitaryFamilyTribute.org
MEDIA CONTACT: Sgt Bob Brown, email robert.e.brown9.mil@mail.mil, or via cell at 763-458-4322





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