Government on Display at the Mall of America
By Staff Sgt.John Wiggins, 133rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
/ Published September 19, 2008
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The 9th annual Government on Display Exposition, the largest government event ever staged in an American mall, kicked off Jan. 26, 2008 at the Mall of America with a naturalization ceremony, swearing in 30 immigrants as American Citizens.
Following the opening ceremony in the Rotunda, the public was entertained throughout the weekend by acts such as the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters, 88th U.S. Army Reserve Concert Band and a Bald Eagle demonstration. Other events included a recognition ceremony for first-responders involved in the I-35 bridge collapse.
Various children's activities kept the kids entertained. They could play weather trivia, get fingerprinted, or even have their picture taken on the moon. Many characters were on hand to play and pose for pictures as well.
Several military organizations, NASA, the National Weather Service, the Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Postal Service and many others were on display throughout the mall. With more than 20 federal and state agencies represented, the Government on Display Expo gives a unique opportunity for the public to interact with representatives of many government agencies in one place.