Farmington honored veterans and celebrated community during the annual Patriotic Day Celebration held in the evening of Nov. 7, in the recital hall at Farmington High School,
Farmington Lions Club grilled more than 1,200 pork chops prior to the community meal. Many local civic groups, small businesses and donors offered a free pork chop dinner with all the fixings to families who gathered to share a sit-down meal in Tiger Commons cafeteria prior to the musical program.
Farmington School Board and Farmington City Council served the meal wearing hair nets and hundreds of volunteers made the dinner a success.
The theme for this year's program was how the city of Farmington was named the first Yellow Ribbon City in Minnesota back in 2008 by organizer Annette Kuyper. This lead the way for other cities across the state and country to form networks that support veterans and military families before, during and after deployment.
The master of ceremonies was Tommy Gallagher who was assisted by Kiley Snobeck of Farmington High School.
Farmington High teacher Jon Holmes awarded the Voice of Democracy winner to Halley Weinberger.
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty offered the keynote address, "Why We Should be Hopeful and Optimistic About America's Future."
Local veterans who served in wars and military branches were honored for their service and sacrifice with a warm, loud applause by the community in the packed auditorium.
Farmington youth musicians entertained with a musical program that was live streamed and broadcast in the cafeteria and Little Theater.
Farmington High School Wind Ensemble, Farmington High School Men's Choir and the fourth grade choirs performed patriotic music.
The Patriotic Day Celebration program ended with a special rendition of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" song, under the direction of Farmington High Band Director Erin Holmes, while the Farmington High Men's Choir and Concert Choir sang in unison under the direction of Director Brian Ohnsorg.