September 23, 2021

Grant County Herald

Community news from the prairie to the lakes

Hero Day to recognize the heroes among us

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, of Grant County, invites you to their second annual Hero Day, Sept. 11, 2021, at the fairgrounds in Herman. It will be a day to honor and thank the heros of Grant County: first responders, firemen, emergency medical technicians, and law enforcement personnel, and current and former military members.  Retired emeritus personnel are also welcome, as well as families of these local heros.

“This will be a time to celebrate those that serve, and honor their public service,” said Sue Kulbeik, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, Grant County chairperson. “We are also hoping to use the day to encourage young people to serve their community, state, and nation as well.”

The day will start at 10:00 a.m. with kids activities such as a bouncy house, and the National Guard Obstacle Course, first responders and military equipment displays, and a wide variety of resource booths, where visitors can pick up information on Grant County Veteran Services, adult mental health, Lutheran Social Services, Fergus Falls Veterans Home, West Central Minnesota Communities Action, and more.

There will be a formal program starting at 10:15, featuring motivational speaker Mark Lindquist.

The Herman Fire Department and Legion Auxiliary will serve a pork chop dinner at 11:30. Free will donations will be appreciated

At noon, there will be a special recognition ceremony for long serving first responders with special awards for those who have served 50 years or more, 40 years, and 30 years.

Veteran Community Impact Awards will be given to those who served in the miliary, and have made an impact on their community.

“Veterans learn leadership skills in the miliary that they use in their everyday lives,” said Grant County Veterans Service Officer, Rob Larsen. “We want to recognize these veterans for the positive impact they have on their communities.”

Quilts of Honor will also be given to select veterans.

The day will wind down with a silent auction of U.S. Flags, Police and fire department flags, EMS flags, and flag cases.

If you have an item you want to donate to the auction, contact Rob Larsen at 218-685-8324.

“We hope to move the Heros Day around every year so every community in the county can host it,” said Tina Lindquist, Grant County Emergency Management Director, and BTYR board member. “That way every community can get involved. There are six volunteer fire departments in Grant County, two ambulance services and, of course, our Sheriff’s Office.” “Our county also has approximately 450 Veterans and former military members.  We cannot forget the sacrifices that they, and their families, have endured” said Larsen.  “This is a great way to come and say thank you to them for their service.”

“It is our main fundraiser for the year,” said Lindquist, “and we hope everyone comes out to honor and thank these amazing heros, especially as this is the 20th anniversary of 9/11.”