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Minnesota's Military Family Tribute Seeking Stories For Tribute

The Minnesota Military Family Tribute (MFT) is on its way to being completed, but needs stories from military families for its Story Stones — 87 of them, to be exact.

The tribute, which will be featured at the Minnesota State Capitol, will consist of the aforementioned story stones, a Thank You Military and Veteran Family Walkway and a Gold Star Table, according to the MFT website.

The Forest Lake Times reported:

The MFT has partnered with the county veterans service offices throughout the state to collect correspondence from military families to assist in the creation of the Story Stones. Eighty-seven Story Stones will be arranged as part of the tribute, representing each of the state’s 87 counties. Excerpts from correspondence sent between military members and their family will be etched onto these stones, providing a window into the lives of military families and their sacrifices as well as imparting a strong educational component for the tribute.

The Washington County Veterans Service Office will be collecting submissions for inclusion on the county’s story stone. Submissions may be from any timeframe from the Civil War to the current time and need not be from a conflict. They can be a letter, telegram, email, or even video, which will be transcribed to written word for inclusion on the stone. While only a small portion of any contributed submission will be etched into the stone, likely a portion of a sentence, the stories will depict the lives of military families.

To submit a story, provide a copy of the submission to the Washington County Veterans Service Office no later than Nov. 21. Send copies of the correspondence submission to Attention: Ryan Carufel, Washington County Veterans Service Office, P.O. Box 30, Stillwater, MN 55082-0030, or email at ryan.carufel@co.washington.mn.us.

For more information, please visit MilitaryFamilyTribute.org.

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