Tricounty News

Veterans rendezvous planned (2)

Central Minnesota veterans and their families are invited to Rendezvous for an afternoon of music, fun, and connection to fellow veterans and the St. Cloud VA and its programs, from 1 to 
4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Circle Parking Lot on the campus of the St. Cloud VA Medical Center.

“In naming this event, we chose Rendezvous for some of the symbolism it conveys, but the number one thing we want to provide is an opportunity for veterans to connect with each other in a relaxing, fun and welcoming environment,” said Brett Jagodzinski, a VA employee organizing the event.

“During the fur trade era of the early nineteenth century, the ‘Rendezvous’ was an annual gathering where trappers traded their fur pelts for goods and supplies, and engaged in fellowship and camaraderie after a long, often lonely year spent trapping in the mountains,” explained Jagodzinski. “In the military, a rendezvous point is often a prearranged meeting place where troops know they can meet up with one another if they get separated during battle. This event sort of blends both of those ideas together.”

Planned activities include live music concerts, food, and family games, Jagodzinski said. A variety of Veteran-focused VA information booths will also be available during the event.

“The musical performers will be high quality, national touring shows,” Jagodzinski said.  Performers will be announced on the St. Cloud VA’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/stcloudvahcs.

The event is open to all residential Veterans, to Veterans throughout Central Minnesota, and their immediate families.

Financial and volunteer support is being provided by the Clearwater Legion Riders, Minnesota Patriot Guard, Clearwater American Legion, Weber’s Deck, and White Oak Realty.