The Need for the TributeThe need was realized when Bill Popp spoke at the Welcome HomeVietnam Veterans celebration at the State Capitol in 2009.Bill focused his speech on thanking the veteran’s families.After the speech, Bill and Teri were mobbed by veterans that werevery grateful for the recognition and thanking of their familymember sacrifices.Bill and Teri then researched tributes and memorials focused onthanking military and veteran families and found none.Since announcing the effort in 2010 to build a military and veteranfamily tribute, the acknowledgement of the need has been endorsedby everyone we talk with and embraced by Gold Star, Blue Star andveteran’s families. TN 7/3/12, 1
National Holidays Parades Events Medals Clubs Active Military Veterans While there is frequent recognition of active military members and veterans, the tremendous day-to-day sacrifices made by the family members who support them is all too often forgotten. Gold Star Family ** Blue Star Family * Veteran Family**Gold Star Families are those who have lost a loved one as the result of military service to our nation.*Blue Star Families are those who have a family member serving in the Armed Forces during any period of war. TN 7/3/12, 2
For Gold Star Families *, the tribute will serve as a place of healing and acknowledgment of their pain and supreme sacrifice.There are thousands of Gold Star Family members in Minnesota. Nowhere in our community is there a grand and permanent acknowledgment and thank you to Gold Star Families.*Gold Star Families are those who have lost a loved one as the result of military service to our nation. TN 7/3/12, 3
Gold Star Family Letter to MFT* To know that others will not forget the unselfish act of valor that takes place when a soldier gives his life is huge in our healing process. … (the Tribute will give) us that sense that our fellow Americans understand the sacrifice that was made for their freedom and our son did not die in vain. …(the Tribute will be) a place that we can gather and reflect on the life of our hero SSG William ‘BJ’ Beardsley …*Gold Star Families are those who have lost a loved one as the result of military service to our nation. TN 7/3/12, 4
The Tribute will serve as a permanent place of healingand reflection and as a thank you to all Gold Star, Blue Star and veteran’s families.Over 50% of Americans are military or veteran’s family members. TN 7/3/12, 5
Blue Star Family Letter to MFT* I want to take this moment to thank you for the Minnesota Military Family Tribute. Minnesota leads the nation on providing the best support to families of soldiers … and now will lead the way to forever thank the families for their sacrifices. Everyday we remember the sacrifices that are being made on our behalf, so that we can remain free and safe from those who would wish to do us harm. Now here in Minnesota we will have something that will also thank the families for that same sacrifice.*Blue Star Families are those who have a family member serving in the Armed Forces during any period of war. TN 7/3/12, 6
Tribute to Military and Veteran’s Families Enthusiastically endorsed by everyone we talk to Partial list of the Military Family Tribute leadership board All MFT staff volunteers their time, talent and treasure! TN 7/3/12, 7
Tribute to Military and Veteran’s Families Gold Star Table Thank You Military and Veteran’s Family Story Stones representingrepresents the supreme Walkway Minnesota counties sacrifice. See architects description for more details. TN 7/3/12, 8
For all, the Tribute will serve as a reminder of the sacrifices military and veteran’s families make to our Nation. The Tribute shows military and veteran’s families we thank them, we care and we will never forget. Donations made will be Help promote the MFT! Add your permanently listed on the Founding Contributor status on your corporate web site or favorite socialMFT web site as a Founding networking site and help spread the Contributor. word and raise money for the MFT! TN 7/3/12, 9
Donations over $1 million will go to the Minnesota Military Family Foundation (MMFF) Time Line Summer 2014 July 2012 Raise Money Raise Money Raise Money Build DedicateBE A PART OF HISTORY.Minnesota has the opportunity to lead the way in creating a grand and permanent thank you to military and veteran families. TN 7/3/12, 10
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