Tribute To The Troops of Minnesota became the first official chapter of Tribute To The Troops® in April 2011. To be sure, however, Tribute To The Troops got its start in Minnesota in 2004, inspired by a video featuring the song "Home" by country singer Rockie Lynne. The video features pictures of our fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives for our freedoms early on in the War on Terror. With inspiration from the video, a small group of concerned Minnesotans from the Twin Cities joined together to conduct the 1st Annual Tribute To The Troops Ride in the fall of 2004. Over 60 people on 45 motorcycles visited the families of three of Minnesota's fallen heroes, conveying their thanks to each family and letting them know that their loss, and the sacrifice made by their loved one, will never be forgotten. The day was filled with hugs, tears, and warm smiles as each person attending was able to personally acknowledge each family's loss. That fall day in 2004 marked the beginning of Tribute To The Troops®. The dedication and support of many volunteers and participants has enabled this organization to grow and to continue its important mission
Since 2004, Minnesota members of Tribute To The Troops have conducted an annual ride weekend each September, visiting dozens of families over the years that have lost a loved one in the War on Terror. Each year, the number of participants has grown, helping to increase awareness among others of the ultimate sacrifice made by these brave American Heroes and their families.
The September weekend includes a ride to Camp Ripley to honor active duty personnel stationed there and a special concert program to honor our heroes and their families, providing an opportunity for ride participants and our heroes' families to join together to pay tribute to our fallen heroes, share stories and memories, and to hear the special music of Rockie Lynne. The program includes a reading of the names of each one of Minnesota's fallen heroes followed by a moment of silent reflection. It is an evening that families and participants remember for many years to come .