Wednesday marked another milestone — this one more visual — for a local organization that supports soldiers and their families.
Signs declaring Faribault a “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” community were put up on Wednesday, three months after the city was officially recognized for its efforts at a ceremony at Shattuck-St. Mary’s.
Faribault BTYR is a comprehensive program that creates awareness for the purpose of connecting service members and their families with community support, training, services and resources. It was started by the Minnesota National Guard and counts more than 100 communities as among its members.
A volunteer steering committee meets monthly in Faribault to help create awareness and organize efforts to help others. In November, the organization plans to host a job fair for area soldiers and/or veterans who are looking for work.
Standing with the sign on Wednesday are the steering committee leadership, from left: Sgt. John Watson of the Minnesota National Guard, Shattuck-St. Mary’s President Nick Stoneman, Faribault Daily News Managing Editor Jaci Smith and Faribault Mayor John Jasinski.