Thirteen years ago, nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in the September 11 attacks on this country. Thousands of Minnesotans joined the armed forces to help fight the war on terror overseas as well as at home. More than 60,000 Veterans have returned home to Minnesota since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan commenced. These Veterans are our neighbors who defended the freedom of all Americans.
This September 11, the Minnesota Humanities Center will again honor Minnesota Veterans who have gone above and beyond the call of duty with the 2014 Veterans’ Voices Award. The Humanities Center invites anyone to nominate candidates who fall into two nomination categories: On the Rise (40 and under) or Legacy (41 and over). Reg Chapman, WCCO-TV reporter and Veteran, will emcee this ceremony. The Veterans’ Voices Award recognizes Minnesotans who served honorably, are thriving, and are making extraordinary contributions to their communities. These former and current military service members make exceptional, positive contributions that improve the lives of people across Minnesota.
Veterans’ Voices is a statewide initiative of the Humanities Center that draws on the power of the humanities to call attention to the stories and contributions of Veterans, empowering Minnesota Veterans to speak in their own voices through plays, art, discussion groups, and the Veterans’ Voices Award.
Nominations must be accompanied by a 500 word maximum narrative describing the nominee’s contributions to the community. Nomination prompts include:
How do you define the community that this individual has made a significant and exceptional positive contribution to?
How is this individual actively involved in the community? How does her or his involvement go above and beyond what one might expect?
What is this individual’s significant and exceptional positive contribution to the community? What lasting impact has this had within the community?
Is there anything in this individual’s background that is important to know?
Nominations may be submitted via online form (http://www.mnhum.org//vetsvoices.aspx) or by mailing this form to Minnesota Humanities Center, 2014 Veterans’ Voices Award, 987 Ivy Avenue East, Saint Paul, Minn., 55106.
All nominations must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Nominees selected to receive an award will be notified by July 31, 2014. Details are available at: mnhum.org/vets.