Lake Minnetonka Veteran Cruise – Southern MN DAV Outdoors

On Tuesday, September 13, 2016 thirty-six Minnesota veterans from the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Veterans 4 Veterans (V4V), and Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) as well as veteran residents of the Augustana Care facility of Burnsville were treated to a 3-hour cruise and tour of Lake Minnetonka, including a box lunch, by local businessman Gabriel Jabbour, former mayor of Orono, MN.

The veterans gathered at Tonka Bay Marina at 11AM for what turned out to be a grand weather day cruising beautiful Lake Minnetonka.

During the cruise, Mr. Jabbour provided history about “Big Island” which for many years was a veteran’s camp and then enjoyed a box lunch and drink on the shores of the island.  To learn more about the island follow this link and search for Big Island History.  They visited many areas of the Lake which has 124 miles of beautiful shoreline.  The lake is located approximately 15 miles west-southwest of Minneapolis, Minnesota and is one of the state’s most popular among boaters, fishermen, and recreationists.

Mr. Jabbour said: “Ultimately, my goal is just to make the community a little better every day.  I am committed to try and see the lake better off when I leave than when I found it.”

Dean Ascheman, one of the organizers of the outing said: “The event was organized by members of Southern MN DAV Chapters including Mankato, New Ulm, Mayo, Mayo Southeast, and Augustana Care facility of Burnsville as a part of their Outdoors program for veterans.”  “Gabriel Jabbour’s continuous support and generosity for our veterans made for a very enjoyable day on beautiful Lake Minnetonka.”

Tonka Bay Marina.

Gabriel Jabbour welcoming veterans as they arrive.

Veterans boarded the boat.

Big Island Nature Park contains 56 acres.

Veterans enjoying the sites

Veterans docked at Big Island having lunch.

Historic Steamboat Minnehaha launched in 1906 as a streetcar on water, sunk in 1926, raised in 1980, restored and put back into operation in 1996.

Veteran Group Picture

Link to local newspaper articles of the event are below.

Meghan Davy – Lake Shore Weekly News. See at: