St. Cloud campus staff Jennifer May and Tami DeLand, along with Corporate Associate Director of Financial Aid-Military Renee Cannon and Human Resources Generalist Pam Miller, joined the hundreds who welcomed back from Iraq the National Guard’s Delta Company Red Bulls at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud on Friday.
The Homecoming held special significance for MSB because one of its own, Plymouth Financial Aid Representative, Nate Burdick, was on one of the busses pulling into the cheering crowd.
Cannon, who was there to see Burdick off a year ago, reflected on the experience: “It makes you remember what’s important and realize what they missed while they were gone.”
Miller, a veteran herself, remembers the power and emotion of the moment returning home to family. She wanted to be a part of that for Burdick, who worked with her at Plymouth when she was Financial Aid Director.
Visibly moved, May commented, “Seeing the returning veterans meet their loved ones, some even meeting children for the first time, was an experience that made me understand the scope of their sacrifice to our country.”
DeLand belongs to the Central Minnesota Warrior to Citizen Initiative, a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon organization, which lends support to veterans and their families as a matter of mission. Friday, however, felt particularly special, watching a colleague greet his wife and son after a long deployment.
All four MSB employees shared a Kleenex box.