Members from Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Lakeville gathered on a cloudy, wet Wednesday morning the week prior to Halloween to present Terry Bernier and wife Diana of Lakeville with an early Halloween Treat when the crew constructed a handicap access ramp. Funding for the project was provided by the Lions Club.
Mr. Bernier and Mrs. Bernier are residents of Lakeville. Terry is a member of Minneapolis/Richfield Post 435 and Diana is a member of Post 1776. Mr. Bernier suffered a severe heart attack in March leaving him with multiple health and mobility issues. Mr Bernier who is retired from federal service, turned to the legion for help and was referred to Beyond The Yellow Ribbon, who supports active duty military members and their families as well as military veterans.
The crew of 10 proceeded to assemble a wooden 34 foot handicap access ramp and railing built to standards of the American with Disabilities Act. Despite a light mist and occasional rain, this team worked together as if they had been doing their work for many years. This group has built over 60 ramps in the Lakeville area. They arrived prepared with all the tools and materials needed. A number of sections had even been pre-assembled by the team.
They broke into groups, taking charge and responsibility for each particular part of the ramp. Within 4 hours, the work was completed. Pictures and thank yous’ to all completed the day.
Many of the group’s members stated that they also are veterans and do what they do as volunteers to help active duty service families, veterans and the community.
“Thank you” to all – Beyond The Yellow Ribbon, it’s workers and veterans and the Lions Club International.