Minnesota Veteran - June

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Desk of the Commissioner - June

Commissioner Shellito

Summer has officially arrived and the activity at the Capitol has gone into a hectic “behind the scene” mode. As a friend once said, he was amazed at how Minnesotans seemed to disappear during the summer months – especially on weekends.


Flag Dedication Ceremony - Minneapolis Veterans Home

The Minnesota Veterans Home – Minneapolis held a Flag Dedication Ceremony on June 14 for the Circle of Honor located at the main entrance of Building 19. The ceremony included music from the Copper Street Brass Quintet, words from Commissioner Larry Shellito and other MDVA officials, an acknowledgment of the donors who made this possible and a ceremonial flag raising which included a moment of silence as the POW/MIA Flag was raised. Minneapolis Home Resident Harold Brick, an Ex-POW was recognized at the event. 

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Minneapolis Veterans Home flag ceremony

2017 MN Woman Veteran of the Year Award

women veteran of the year

On Thursday, May 25, the 2017 Minnesota Veteran of the Year award was presented to Elizabeth Steele Whitbeck of Stillwater, Minnesota. The Women Veterans Initiative honors one extraordinary female Veteran annually who has honorably served in the United States Military, displays leadership, supports women Veteran issues and contributes to her Minnesota community. 


D-Day: Nothing Less Than Full Victory

Tuesday, June 6th marks the 73rd Anniversary of D-Day. During World War II (1939-1945), the Battle of Normandy resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. The battle began on June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day, when more than 160,000 American, British and Canadian Allied forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region.



Old Glory

flag day

We celebrate Flag Day across the United States on June 14 each year to honor the United States flag and to commemorate the flag’s adoption. This is a day set aside for Americans to reflect on the foundations of the nation’s freedom. The flag of the United States represents freedom and has been an enduring symbol of the country’s ideals since its early days.



Sisters In Arms Veterans Conference

The 2017 Women Veterans Conference took place Thursday, May 25 at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center in Plymouth, MN. At the event Minnesota women who have served, or are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, had the chance to connect with their sisters-in-arms, hear from speakers, and get information on the benefits and resources they have earned through their service.


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women veterans conference