Yellow ribbon award given to city of Minneapolis
December 23, 2013 by James
During a Minnesota Vikings pregame ceremony earlier this month, the governor of Minnesota proclaimed the city of Minneapolis the 254th Yellow Ribbon Communities in the state. Most likely banner printing was used throughout the city to announce this significant award to the community.
Those communities that become part of the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program honor those that are affected by military deployments and service, in particular members of the Minnesota National Guard and their families. Becoming a community in the group requires going through 16 steps that can take up to 18 months to complete. There are 22 counties, 33 companies, and 199 cities in the Minnesota 254 Yellow Ribbon Network.
According to the Minnesota National Guard adjunct general, Major General Richard C. Nash, the health and well-being of the members of the service, their families, and their employers are improved by means of this program. They can get the best training, support, and service from the partnerships created with governmental and civilian agencies through this program.
Governor Mark Dayton remarked that the city of Minneapolis is to be thanked for showing its support of the men and women of the Minnesota National Guard, others in the military forces of the United States, and their families.
A banner, perhaps produced by a local print company, was placed on the City Hall clock tower to celebrate the award. Several buildings downtown, as well as the Interstate 35W Bridge, were lit in yellow as well.