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The ribbon faded, but the soldier is coming home

Thursday, December 8, 2005

The yellow ribbon Mary Fisher placed on the mailbox at Goodies Galore in March has faded to a dingy off-white and is beginning to come apart. She vowed not to take it down until Pfc. David Moody, a family friend, returned safely from a tour of duty in Iraq.

Moody recently completed his 12-month stint in the war and will personally remove the ribbon at a public "Welcome Home" ceremony Saturday.

For months now, customers and passersby at local bakery Goodies Galore have pestered owner Mary Fisher to change the tattered, weather-beaten yellow ribbon attached to the mailbox outside the store.

"A lot of people have noticed it," she said.

Fisher has displayed the same ribbon since she opened the store in March, a tribute to David Moody, an area soldier and family friend who has spent the past year stationed in Iraq. She vowed to leave the ribbon up until Moody returned home.

"As long as he's out in the weather," she said, "it's out in the weather."

The ribbon will finally come down Saturday and Moody, who recently returned to Fort Campbell, Kentucky last Monday from Iraq, will do the honors personally.

The removal of the ribbon outside Goodies Galore will highlight the "Welcome Home" celebration Fisher has arranged for Moody at her store Saturday. Mayor Tom Arthur will be on hand to officially welcome Moody home, and Fisher will provide free refreshments for those in attendance.

"I just wanted to do something a little special to let him know how much we appreciate (his service), rather than just let it go by" Fisher said.

Private First Class Moody, a member of the 494th Transportation Company of the 101st Division from Fort Campbell, was stationed in Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city. He served as a truck driver and a gunner, manning a truck-mounted machine gun on a series of escort missions. He logged over 160,000 miles over the course of his yearlong deployment.

According to an Associated Press report, Moody and his fellow Operation Iraqi Freedom soldiers have been successful at controlling violence in Mosul, once the site of some of the war's most horrific fighting. President Bush recently cited the city, about 400 km north of Baghdad, as a model for reconstruction efforts in the war-torn country.

Fisher said that while she is proud of Moody's commitment to his country, she's relieved he returned in one piece.

"We're just really glad he made it back home OK," she said.

The reception for Moody will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Goodies Galore, 7 S. Walnut St. The public is invited to attend.

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