Minnesota – August 25-26, 2015

Flag for Hope in Minnesota: With thousands of hand impressions on the Flag for Hope, we headed to Minnesota with a special guest. Anne Sweeney, sister of Brian Sweeney who’s plane struck the south tower on 9/11 helped us to connect with Pete and Stephanie Keller in Edina, Minnesota. Click here to view the Photo Gallery

Flag for Hope Minnesota group picture

Flag for Hope Minnesota group picture

Anne flew out to Edina with friends  Krissi Towner Forgues and Karen Meloche Youngs to help with the event.  Stephanie and Anne did a great job helping with logistics and making the event a success! Thank you so much Anne, Pete, Stephanie, Krissi, and Karen! We are forever connected with open hands of friendship on the Flag!

At each Flag for Hope day event, we are amazed at the stories, conversations and people. Minnesota was no different. After carefully rolling out the Flag and painting a few hands for impressions, we met Kat Perkins. If that voice sounds familiar it should because Kat was on the VOICE in 2013 and competed at the highest levels in the United States. Kat came with other great musicians and participated in putting their impression on the Flag.

Flag for Hope Kat Perkins The Voice

Flag for Hope Kat Perkins The Voice

We heard that Kat and the band have gone around the world to play for our troops. Kat Perkins on The Voice

The next stop on our Minnesota Flag for Hope trip was with Dennis Thompson the founder and  inventor of ARP Wave. ARP, short for accelerated recovery and performance is a revolutionary solution to pain and Dennis has helped America’s premier athletes compete at the highest levels. We interviewed Dennis on what the Flag means to him and gladly accepted the impressions several staff members as well. We found out later that the staff were all Vets!

This event led us to 90 year old Purple heart veteran Joe Kovar.

Flag for Hope Joe Kovar

Flag for Hope Joe Kovar

Joe lived 45 minutes away but after hearing his story we just had to find a way to add his impression to the Flag.  A quickly organized car ride led us to a true war hero who had earned 13 medals. Here is a great video of Joe speaking to a group of Americans. We love that Joe takes the time to teach our younger generations that Freedom is not free.

We had a great time in Minnesota and we can’t wait to share more of our experiences with you! Check back here for more updates in the following weeks!

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