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Military Appreciation Day at the Minnesota State Fair

Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
August 31, 2015

The fifth annual Military Appreciation Day at the Minnesota State Fair presented by USAA on Sept 1st will recognize veterans and provide an educational opportunity for all fair goers to learn about Minnesota's military community

"A special addition this year is a morning Veteran Recognition Program just before the flag officially raises on the day at the fair," said Maj. Gen. Rick Nash, Minnesota National Guard adjutant general

More than 1,000 veterans are expected to attending the recognition of the Commanders Task Force at 9:45 am on the Leinie Lodge Bandshell at the Minnesota State Fair  The program will include remarks by Lt Governor Tina Smith, some history about the veteran organizations, and will conclude at 10:25 am with an historic fly over presented by Minnesota Vietnam Veteran Charity

The Commanders Task Force, which is made up of nine congressionally chartered veteran organizations; the Jewish War Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, the Marine Corps League, Military Order of the Purple Heart, American Ex-Prisoners of War, Vietnam Veterans of America and American Veterans; work together to act as a single voice on capitol hill for veterans
 
"Several activities are planned for Military Appreciation Day at the State Fair," said Minnesota Army National Guard Maj Scott Ingalsbe, event manager "There will be nearly 50 educational booths at the corner of Murphy Ave and Cooper St, Carousel Park will be filled with family friendly activities, and the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Band at 1:00 and 2:30 in the afternoon"

The State Fair is offering discounted tickets ($8 rate) for military members with documentation at the gate 

For more information on the Military Appreciation Day at the State Fair go to http://www.mnstatefair.org/general_info/visitor_guide/Military-Appreciation-Day.html

Editor Note: To schedule a media interview about Minnesota State Fair Military Appreciation Day call 651-282-4440 For day of interviews contact Maj Scott Hawks at scott.d.hawks.mil@mail.mil or 651-253-1032

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