By LINDA MESSMER
Fresh, crispy, bright yellow ribbons randomly illuminate the streets and buildings in Brazil. Susan Crick, Linda Nicoson, Stacy Latham and Holly Culver, from the First Presbyterian Church, placed nearly 80 yellow ribbons throughout the city in the past two days to show support for the military troops.
The Indiana National Guard 38th MSB Co. B, out of Brazil, were deployed today.
"This is to support our troops. We noticed some of the yellow ribbons are kind of drooping," Nicoson said, referring to ribbons put up when U.S. troops were initially activated for Operation Enduring Freedom and the war in Iraq.
"We're hoping this will encourage others to get bright, new yellow ribbons to show all the troops, especially those in Clay County that we support them 100 percent."
It was reported this week that the American death toll in the Iraqi war is now at 500.
"It's not like Pearl Harbor where a large number of soldiers died all at once," Latham said. "And it's not a high number yet, like in Vietnam. It's one or two reported on one day. Then one or two more on another day. So it may not seem like a lot. But one is one too many."
"We support the troops and want them to know it," Crick said. "We encourage all of Clay County to put out a yellow ribbon or do whatever they can to show their support for our soldiers."