Hennepin Country recognized as Beyond the Yellow Ribbon County at Honoring All Veterans Memorial
After watching our nation’s military step up to serve on the front lines of crises around the world from attacks in the Middle East to the hospital rooms of COVID-19, it is important to know that our active service members, veterans and their families feel supported.
A big part of that support comes from the communities our current and former military members live in. In Minnesota, a lot of that support comes from a collaboration between government entities, non-profits and businesses known as Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.
On October 28, Hennepin County Commissioners Marion Greene and Kevin Anderson, as well as Brigadier General Sandra L. Best joined Ward I Councilmember Simon Trautmann at Richfield’s Honoring All Veterans Memorial to announce that Hennepin County has been proclaimed a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon county.
“Our military members and veterans are an integral and valued part of our community,” remarked Mayor Maria Regan Gonzalez. “Both Richfield and Hennepin County are committed to making sure our service members have the resources they need to thrive.”
As a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Country, Hennepin County and its municipalities strive to support its military service members, veterans and their families by coordinating services and resources available.
The country, cities and partner organizations have created deployment cycle support programs that provide information, services, referral and proactive outreach opportunities for service members and their families throughout the entire deployment cycle: before, during and after deployment.
In 2011, Richfield was recognized as a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon community and hosted numerous events to recognize the contributions made by the area’s service members. The city’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon chapter has also worked with city businesses and non-profit organizations to make sure veterans and their families have what they need.
Richfield’s Honoring All Veterans Memorial pays tribute to the men and women of the United State military and features a bronze statue of one of the first flag-raisers at Iowa Jima, longtime city resident Charles Lindberg. The memorial was established in 2013.