Festival of Tribute & Honor

An exciting event is planned for September 2011 in Minneapolis to honor all of Minnesota’s branches of the Armed Forces and Veterans, Firefighters, Law Enforcement and Emergency Medical Services. The event is sponsored by New Hope Community Services of America, Inc., www.nhcsa-mn.org.

The 2011 Festival of Tribute & Honor will take place over three days, Friday, September 16th – Sunday, September 18th. Friday will start out with Opening Ceremonies in the State Capitol Rotunda from 11am -1pm to “Honor Our Fallen Heroes”. This will be followed by a pre-game show at the Twins game at Target Field that evening.

Saturday, September 17th at 11am will be the “Parade of Tribute & Honor” in downtown Minneapolis on the Nicollet Mall between 13th Street and 5th Street. The parade will feature the 34th Infantry Division Army “Red Bull” Band, US Army Reserve Band, a Joint Armed Forces Honor Guard, Minneapolis and St. Paul Police Marching Bands, the Emerald Society & Minnesota Police Pipes and Drums, 20 marching bands, fire trucks, emergency medical services vehicles, Minnesota and New Ulm Civil War Artillery and Battery Regiments, 40 Zurah & Osman MN Shriner Parade Units and numerous units of each of the military and emergency services.  The parade hosts more than 10,000 participants coming from nine states to participate.  Free VIP Chair Seating along a three-block area of the Parade Route is available. DEADLINE TO ORDER TICKETS IS AUGUST 26TH.  Please contact Debbie Gillquist via email at debgillquist@mnems.org or at 651.775.7400 to reserve tickets for you and your immediate family.

That evening, September 17th,  6 – 9:30pm there will be a private concert for members of the participating organizations; this is not open to the public. The “Concert of Honor” will feature “Legends in Concert” Las Vegas performers, the 34th Infantry Division Army “Red Bull” Band, and the Totino Grace “2010 National Champion” Show Choir. The show will be exemplary and a remembrance for time to come.  Free Tickets are available. DEADLINE TO ORDER TICKETS IS AUGUST 26TH.  Please contact Debbie Gillquist via email at debgillquist@mnems.org or at 651.775.7400 to reserve tickets for you and your immediate family.

Sunday, September 18th, 12 – 1pm concludes the event with a Remembrance Service at the Capitol Mall, “Honoring America’s POW/MIA’s”.  Join us in honoring our fallen and tie “Yellow Ribbons” around lawn trees and street poles and ask neighbors to join as well, a further tribute to our stellar performers and fallen heroes.  Also, fly your American Flag at half-staff from Friday morning, September 16th to dawn, Monday, September 19th, 2011.

The Saturday “Parade of Tribute & Honor” and “Concert of Honor” will be the highlights of the event and Firefighters, Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical Services, all branches of the Armed Forces and Veterans and their families are encouraged to attend. Keep the date open for September 16-18th, 2011 and plan to participate or attend events at the Festival of Tribute & Honor.

Tickets are first-come, first-served.  FOR TICKET ORDERS PLEASE PROVIDE NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER, EMAIL AND QUANTITY.  THANK YOU