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Event will honor sacrifices of military members and their families

In 2011, Christen Bruns had a newborn when her husband, Jesse Bruns, deployed to Kuwait as part of the Navy Reserves. During his deployment, Christen learned first-hand the struggles a young family faces during a deployment.

“It’s a big challenge for families,” she said.

Having personally gone through those challenges, Bruns has heart for helping military families. When a friend mentioned her husband would deploy this year, Bruns got to work trying to come up with a way to honor her friend. Then it struck her: why not host an event that honors all military families?

Bruns mentioned the idea to Lighthouse Christian Church pastor Bill Goodwin and he jumped on board. Goodwin said he believes it will be a great event that will honor those who have made sacrifices to protect the United States of America.

Lighthouse Christian Church will host its first Military Appreciation event from noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 30 on the lawn of the church, 3285 144th St. W.

Bruns said she’s been overwhelmed with the support other people and businesses have shown as they’ve planned the event. The event will include bounce houses, face painting, food and drinks, games and free family portraits.

Military support organizations such as the American Legion and the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Program will have information available.

The event will conclude with an outdoor service to honor military members and their families. Goodwin said the service will feature patriotic music, prayer and support for military families. Child care will be provided during the worship service.

“We want it to be an encouraging time for military families. We believe it will be a great event,” said Goodwin.

Military families can register for the event by visiting or emailing Christen Bruns at

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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