by Samara Postuma
SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS
Maple Grove became an officially recognized Yellow Ribbon Community Wednesday night, July 10, at what was the first official Maple Grove Days event. The country group “Rocket Club” officially kicked off the celebration and the crowd was packed with families and residents of all ages at the Maple Grove Town Green.
In addition to the hundreds of Maple Grove residents in attendance, Brig. Gen. William J. Lieder, director of the Joint Staff for Joint Force Headquarters, Minnesota National Guard; Secretary of State Mark Ritchie; Annette Kuyper, director of military outreach for the Department of Military Affairs; and Maple Grove Mayor Mark Steffenson were present at the proclamation ceremony.
Last August, the city began the process to become a Yellow Ribbon Community, with the purpose being to unite all areas within a community to create a network that connects and coordinates resources to support service members, Veterans and military families.
Over 50 community members worked together and completed all 16 required steps to be nationally recognized. The designation comes from the Minnesota National Guard and Governor Mark Dayton.
“The outward showing of support by the individuals in this community eases the burden for military families, assists the transition from warrior to citizen, supports veterans of any era and builds stronger and more compassionate communities,” said Annette B. Kuyper, Minnesota National Guard’s Director of Military Outreach, said of the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program.“Maple Grove has earned the designation of a Yellow Ribbon City.”
For more information on Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, visit BeyondTheYellowRibbon.org. Otherwise visit the Maple Grove Yellow Ribbon Network Facebook page.
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