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Yellow Ribbon public work

January 27, 2010
President Obama delivering the 2010 State of the Union address

Photo credit: White House/Pete Souza

“All of our men and women in uniform — in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world – must know that they have our respect, our gratitude, and our full support,” said President Obama in his State of the Union address tonight. “And just as they must have the resources they need in war, we all have a responsibility to support them when they come home,” he added.

The Warrior to Citizen Campaign, a grassroots effort organized by the Center for Democracy and Citizenship to provide enduring support to Minnesota’s returning veterans and their families, is an example of citizens–including veterans–taking responsibility for returning service members and their families.

As a result of the public work by people in cities, churches and businesses across the state, earlier this month the Minnesota National Guard and Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty recognized a number of new Yellow Ribbon communities:

  • Washington County, including the cities of Hugo, Stillwater, and Woodbury
  • Isanti County
  • North Heights Lutheran Church (Arden Hills in Ramsey County)
  • St. John Neumann Catholic Church (Eagan in Dakota County)
  • Cub Foods (Stillwater)
  • Disabled Veterans Rest Camp of Washington County
  • Baskfield and Associates (Rogers in Anoka County)
  • Faelon Partners LTD/ Today’s Business Radio LLC (Golden Valley in Hennepin County)
  • Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, which includes 32 public colleges and universities on 54 campuses across Minnesota
  • Rasmussen College

The City of Farmington, Target Corporation (Minneapolis), Marvin Windows (Warroad), and 3M (St. Paul) were the first Yellow Ribbon communities.

Other communities working toward Yellow Ribbon status include Albert Lea, Anoka, Austin, Burnsville, Crookston, Eagan, Forest Lake, Hastings, Inver Grove Heights, Lake Elmo, Lakeville, Marshall, Montevideo, Northfield, Nowthen, Oakdale, Rochester, Rosemount, Sartell/Cold Springs, St. Cloud, Stacy, Waseca, and West St. Paul.

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