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Minnesota to Dedicate New Complex on Capitol Mall

Minnesota National Guard ~~ Minnesota Family Tribute Honors all Military and Veteran Families ~~

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 10, 2015

ST PAUL, Minn- The Minnesota Military Family Tribute, the first-of-its-kind complex in the nation, will be dedicated to Minnesota military families Saturday, June 13, 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 Minnesota Military Family Tribute consists of three elements to 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

GOLD STAR TABLE: At the west end of the promenade, the Gold Star Table recognizes the supreme sacrifice of our Gold Star families 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

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE INVITED TO THE DEDICATION CEREMONY:

WHO: All Minnesotans
WHAT: Minnesota Military Family Tribute Dedication Ceremony
WHERE: Minnesota State Capitol Mall (In front of the Veterans Services Building between the Minnesota Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Korean War Memorial)
WHEN: Saturday, June 13, 2015 The program begins at 10 am, and music, entertainment, food trucks will be on site until 2 pm
SEATING: Open seating, bring lawn chairs and blankets
PARKING: Green Line Light Rail is recommended, or park in Centennial Parking Ramp on Cedar Street
FUNDING: The Minnesota Military Family Tribute is a volunteer-based 501c3 organization that is privately financed No government funds were sought or expended for this project
ARCHITECTURE: HGA Architects and Engineers have provided the attached fact sheet
MORE INFORMATION: www.MilitaryFamilyTribute.org
MEDIA CONTACT: Colonel Kevin Olson, kevin.a.olson4.mil@mail.mil, Cell: 612-308-1610




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