R.E.D shirt Friday event recognizes deployed service members
Remember Everyone Deployed (R.E.D) Shirt day is Friday, Sept. 21. Black Hills area employers, schools and residents are encouraged to show their support for deployed members of the armed forces by wearing red shirts.
"Wearing red shirts on Fridays sends a strong and unified message to our service members and families that they are not forgotten and we appreciate their sacrifice to our country," said Maj. Gen. Tim Reisch, adjutant general of the SDNG. "Wearing a red shirt is a simple gesture, but the meaning behind it is significant."
There are approximately 370 South Dakota Air and Army National Guard members and over 500 Airmen from Ellsworth Air Force Based deployed.
Demonstrating his support, Gov. Dennis Daugaard; signed a proclamation announcing all Fridays in which South Dakota citizens are deployed and in harm’s way will be R.E.D. Shirt Friday in the state.
South Dakota National Guard will highlight deployed units and individual Guardsmen and Airmen during Friday’s event.
The South Dakota National Guard, Public Affairs Office has provided additional suggestions on providing additional support to those deployed:
- Sign a statement of support through ESGR (more information available at 605-737-6540)
- Send cards/letters to deployed units
- Create a banner or video
- Check in with the family of a deployed service member
- Provide a meal for a family of a deployed service member
- Use the #RememberEveryoneDeployed when posting your pictures to social media
- Send a picture of your company to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Support the S.D. Veteran’s Home in Hot Springs or a veteran service organization of your choice