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Friday, December 20, 2013

The Red Cross Honors the Local Military with Thank You Banner

By Arnett Luce and Bill Fortune

The words "Thank You" can be powerful in almost any situation. Combine them with the words "for your service and sacrifice" and they take on a whole new level of impact. On Dec. 18, 2013, members of the American Red Cross Service to Armed Forces program presented a large banner with those words inscribed on it to the Airman and Family Readiness Center on Peterson AFB.

The 5 foot by 7 foot banner was created by the Red Cross Colorado Service to Armed Forces Program to show support for those who serve, and have served, in America’s Armed Forces. On Veterans Day and following weeks the banner was posted in public forums to allow members of the community to also express their thanks and appreciation.


Colonel John Shaw, Commander, 21 Space Wing (left) and CMSgt Rich Redman, Command Chief, 21 Space Wing (right) accept Thank You banner from James Griffith, Red Cross Service to Armed Forces manager, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 at Peterson AFB, Co. Photo by Arnett Luce/American Red Cross.
The banner was inscribed with the phrase, "Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice" at the top, and the silhouette of a serviceman in the center followed by the words, "from the American Red Cross and the Residents of Colorado." Over a three week period hundreds of people wrote touching thank you notes to the banner. "The idea was to give our community a chance to say thank you to those who serve," said James Griffith, Service to Armed Forces manager. "It may seem to be a simple gesture but it carries a strong message of support."

Colonel John Shaw, Commander, 21 Space Wing, accepted the banner on behalf of the Airman and Family Readiness Center. "Thanks so much for recognizing and supporting the outstanding service of our Airmen," said Col. Shaw.

The banner will remain on display in a classroom at the Airman and Family Readiness Center where Airmen and their families receive support and information before they deploy, during deployment and when they return. MSgt James McClung, NCOIC of the Airman and Family Readiness Center was on hand at the presentation. "As a military member who has deployed many times, a banner such as this reminds me of the support I have from my community," said MSgt McClung. "We are honored to accept such a gift so that our deploying members will always have a reminder of the support they have, and will continue to have, from the local community and the Red Cross."

The American Red Cross has provided humanitarian support to the United States military, veterans and their families for more than 130 years. Through the Service to Armed Forces program, the Red Cross provides emergency communications, supports military and veteran health facilities, and provides social services to the more than 2 million military members to include National Guard and Reservists, 23 million veterans and their families. To learn more about the Red Cross and the Service to Armed Forces program visit: www.redcross.org/what-we-do/support-military-families.



Airmen recently returned from deployment and other attendees pose in front of the “Thank You” banner that was presented to the Airman and Family Readiness Center at Peterson AFB, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. Pictured from left to right are Colonel John Shaw, Commander, 21 Space Wing, SSgt Keenan Mondragon, MSgt Walt McClung, SSgt Warren Smith, SSgt Gerald Basel, SSgt John Kroll, MSgt Derrick Dembrowski, Capt Ewa Gray, CMSgt Rich Redman, Command Chief, 21 Space Wing, SSgt Evan List, Maj Joel Trejo, James Griffith, Red Cross Service to Armed Forces manager. Photo by Arnett Luce/American Red Cross.

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