The State Fair’s annual Military Appreciation Day, Tuesday, Aug. 27, will include a ceremony for families of fallen U.S. military members and a march of Vietnam era veterans.
Many of those lining the streets for the Vietnam vets march will get commemorative bandanas to wave. (Hero hankies?)
Gov. Mark Dayton will be part of a Vietnam War 50-year commemoration in the morning.
Active military members and their families, and veterans and their spouses will be admitted to the fair for $7 each Tuesday, as part of the promotion. Admission is usually $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and kids.
Tuesday’s Military Appreciation Day schedule is:
- 9:30 a.m.: Veterans Garden Ceremony honoring the immediate family of fallen U.S. military service members. More than 400 Gold Star family members are expected to attend the ceremony on the south side of the Agriculture Horticulture Building, across from the International Bazaar.
- 10:25 a.m.: Flag Raising Ceremony at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell by the joint color guard representing the Marines, Navy and Army National Guard along with national anthem singer TSgt. Karly Tiegs of the Air Guard.
- 10:30 a.m.: More than 1,000 Vietnam Era Veterans will march from the Flag Raising to Carousel Park as thousands of fair guests will cheer them on with 8,000 commemorative bandanas handed out to supporters along the parade route.
- 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.: 34th Infantry Division “Red Bull” Band performs at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell.
- 10:45 a.m.: Four World War II T-6 Texan Airplanes will fly over the fairgrounds to help commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. A Carousel Park program will include Gov. Mark Dayton, Adjutant General Rick Nash, State Fair General Manager Jerry Hammer, state Veterans Affairs Deputy Commissioner Reggie Worlds and “Sweet Martha” Rossini Olson.
- 11:15 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.: Country artist Rockie Lynne performs a “Tribute to the Troops” concert at the Carousel Park Stage.
- 2 p.m.: State Fair parade will honor all active, retired and veteran U.S. Military Service Members with special units including Rin Tin Tin; a restored Army Jeep; Project MARK fishing boat, raising awareness of veteran services; the Veterans Caucus of the Minnesota DFL with folk singer Larry Long; and a trolley carrying Vietnam Era Veterans.