Veterans service organizations to be recognized

Veterans and the service organizations that help them will be honored at the 16th annual Community Heroes Celebration and Awards Banquet Tuesday, April 23.

The banquet is from 6 to 9 p.m. and will take place at the Elegance Room, 1009 109th Ave. N.E. in Blaine.

The Patriot Ride is one of three veterans services organizations that will be honored at the April 23 banquet. The ride has been around for seven years with the home base being at Ham Lake Lions Park the last three years. File photo by Eric Hagen

The Patriot Ride is one of three veterans services organizations that will be honored at the April 23 banquet. The ride has been around for seven years with the home base being at Ham Lake Lions Park the last three years. File photo by Eric Hagen

Creating Community is an organization of people who live or work in the cities of Blaine, Ham Lake or Spring Lake Park. This will be the 16th year that this organization has honored people who have made a difference in these communities.

Honored guests for this year’s banquet include the Patriot Ride, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, the Sgt. John Rice VFW Post 6316 Color Guard and Ladies Auxiliary, Anoka County commissioners and the mayors and councilmembers of the three cities.

The keynote speaker will be John Kriesel, who is Anoka County’s Veterans Services Director and a combat veteran himself.

Bonnie Randall, secretary of the four-member Creating Communities board, said with the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon initiative being fairly new in Blaine and Spring Lake Park, they thought it would be a good idea to have a veterans organizations theme.

The Patriot Ride is put on by the Minnesota Patriot Guard and has happened on one day the past seven years. It has been at Ham Lake Lions Park for the past three years.

People interested in attending the event should RSVP by Monday, April 15 to creating.community@hotmail.com or call 763-717-2727. The cost to attend is a free will donation.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

 
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