Individuals, businesses, organizations encouraged to participate.

    Crookston’s Third Annual Yellow Ribbon Awareness week is coming up, starting Sunday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day, and continuing through Nov. 17. Whether you’re an individual, family, a business, school, church or other organization, everyone can participate by showing a yellow ribbon and honoring our veterans.

    Businesses can display a "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon" poster of events. They can also place ribbons and/or American flags in and around their business. They should encourage employees to wear a yellow ribbon or American flag pin throughout the week. Clubs and organizations can show their appreciation by recognizing veterans, military and families at their meetings. This includes homeless veteran projects, camps for families and veterans services. They can even bring in a speaker to talk about "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.

    Churches can participate by incorporating a Veterans' Day activity in Sunday School classes, and they can recognize veterans within their faith community, as well as place military and families on their prayer lists. Finally, the general community can participate by tying yellow ribbons around a tree in the front yard, the house door, hang a poster in the window or car, and fly their American flag. Ribbons are available to purchase from Montague's Flower Shop and Crookston Floral. Contact them early to get the order in on time.

    Besides displaying yellow ribbons, there are also numerous programs going in conjunction with Yellow Ribbon Awareness Week.

    On Veterans’ Day, there will be a Laying of the Wreath ceremony at the Memorial Walkway at 11 a.m. It will be followed by a light lunch at the VFW from noon to 2 p.m. for veterans, their families and friends. In the evening there will be a Veteran's Dinner at the American Legion from 5 to 7 p.m.

    Because Veterans' Day is on a Sunday this year, schools will be having their programs on Monday. At the Cathedral zdchool, the fourth through sixth graders will be having a Veterans Day program at 9 a.m. Highland Elementary will have their program at 1:30 p.m. Our Savior's Lutheran School is to be determined.