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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Hastings Yellow Ribbon Network Community Area Events

A community meeting will be held on Thursday, May 9th, 7 p.m., at the Nelson Lucking American Legion Post 47, 30 Sibley St., Hastings. A representative from Congressional John Kline's office will be present.
 
Attached is an updated list of activities within the community of Hastings for the month of May.
 
Please check www.BeyondTheYellowRibbon.org/EventsandDeals for other activities that may interested you.

Hastings Beyond The Yellow Ribbon coordinates existing programs to serve our veterans and their families. Our goal is to make it easier in directing our veterans and their families to resources already available in the community for their support. Community residents, businesses, schools, political leaders, civic, and faith-based organizations have positively influenced the lives of many.

Entire Month of May. On The Front-Vietnam.  Stop in at Dakota County Pleasant Hill Library System, 1490 South Frontage Road, Hastings and view some of Dakota County's heroes and memorabilia.

May 12, 1 p.m., Hastings Eagles Aeries 2212 Military Appreciation, 1220 Vermillion Street

May 17, Poppy Days. Each year around Memorial Day, Veterans of Foreign Wars members and American Legion Auxiliary volunteers distribute bright red poppies in exchange for contributions to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans. The program provides multiple benefits to the veterans hospitalized and the community. The hospitalized veterans who make the flowers are able to earn a small wage, which helps to supplement their income and makes them feel more self-sufficient. The physical and therapeutic benefits as well. Donations are used exclusively to assist and support their families. The poppy also reminds the community of the past sacrifices and continuing needs of our veterans. The poppy has become a nationally known and recognized symbol of sacrifice and is worn to honor the men and women who served and died for their country in all wars.

May 18, 7 p.m., Armed Forces Day Hastings Hawks vs. Minneapolis Patriot Baseball Game, Veterans Athletic Complex, 2500 Millard Avenue, Hastings Industrial Park.  Raising of the colors by Lyle Russell VFW Post 1210, Exhibits by the Minnesota National Guard, Defending the Baseline, and the Community Yellow Ribbon Initiative. Fun for everyone. Free admission for all. For additional information, visit www.hatingshawks.com.

May 24, 6:30 p.m., Civil War Soldier Gravesite Re-dedication, Oakwood Cemetery. Please join in honoring the supreme sacrifice by Sgt James Akers of the First Minnesota Regiment of Volunteers, Company H, who was killed in battle on July 2nd 1863 at the Battle of Gettysburg. A brief program and gravesite re-dedication, hosted by speaker, Stephen Osman and members of the First Minnesota Regiment Re-enactment group with a reception following at the LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion St. Visit www dakotahistory.org or call (651) 437-7055 for more information.

May 27, Memorial Day. Traditional Hastings community ceremonies hosted by Nelson Lucking American Legion Post 47 starting at 9:00 a.m., Minnesota Veterans Home-Hastings, 10:00 a.m., Roadside Park long with subsequent services at Soldiers and Sailors Cemetery and Veterans Memorial on the Levee. Contact the American Legion, (651) 437-2046 for additional information.

May 27, Memorial Day, Hastings Hawks vs. Lake City Serpents Baseball Game, Veterans Athletic Complex, 2500 Millard Avenue, Hastings Industrial Park. Presentation of colors by the Dakota County Sheriff's Office. Free small U.S. flags. Free Admission for Military/Veterans.

Jun 8, Saturday, 11th Annual Motorcycle Run Fundraiser. DuGarel's Bar, 3475 Vermillion St., Hastings. For more information see http://www.mnamberrun.org/flyer.

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