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Beyond the Yellow Ribbon draws support in Alexandria

Contributed Theresa Rardin, Battalion 1-194 full-time Family Readiness Group organizer, helped people sign in to the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon event in Alexandria.

The Douglas County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon kick-off event was held December 7 at the Alexandria Technical and Community College Law Enforcement Center.

This event was open to the public. More than 55 members from the local community and surrounding areas attended the event.

Among those in attendance were County Commissioner Bev Bales, Alexandria Mayor Dan Ness, city Councilman Owen Miller, Alexandria Schools Superintendent Terry Quist and several township supervisors.

Attendees were presented with an overview of the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Program by Annette Kuyper, director of military outreach. Miller is the chairman of the Yellow Ribbon program for Douglas County.

The goal of the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Program is to identify and connect leaders in key areas such as city and county leadership, education, public safety, business, faith based organizations, veterans and civic organizations, social services and the medical community to leverage existing support activities, build awareness and take action that support servicemembers and their families.

Organizers said they appreciated those who were in attendance and look forward to working together on the initiative.

It's not too late to join the cause. Anyone interested is invited to join us at the next meeting to be held on Thursday, January 13, at 9 a.m. at the Alexandria Technical and Community College Law Enforcement Center at 1601 Jefferson Street.

Contact Staff Sergeant Andrew Allison at (320) 762-7817 for more information.