Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Larry Shellito and his wife Evonne visited with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović and Croatian Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Croatia General Drago Lovrić in St. Paul on Jan. 4. As part of her working visit to the U.S. Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic also met with Governor Dayton and the Minnesota National Guard to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Minnesota-Croatia State Partnership Program.
July was an active month beginning with Honoring Veteran Day at Target Field. As guests of the Minnesota Twins, the nine Veteran Service Organizations in Minnesota were asked to have their leadership occupy the various positions on the field. With the bases covered, the sidelines were filled with military re-enactors in full wool uniforms, currently serving military and the National Guard unfolding the American flag for the national anthem. To top it off, a flyover by World War II era planes brought the stadium to its feet. It was an environment that excited all. One could sense the pride of all the Veterans assembled, whether they were on the field or in the stands. I personally want to thank the Minnesota Twins organization for their inclusion of our Veterans as a part of their Fourth of July celebration, and in particular honoring the Veterans who served this great country.
Photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick Loch, Minnesota National Guard.
Photo by Tech Sgt. Paul Santikko.