Archived News Release from 2004
For Immediate Release
Second Community Information Meeting on Supporting ‘Adopted’ Armed Services Unit
Redwood City, CA - September 22, 2004 - Last month, Redwood City formally adopted Headquarters Company, 1/327, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). In doing so, the City of Redwood City encourages all City employees, City businesses, service clubs, schools and private citizens to become involved in this effort to support our men and women in the armed services.
The second informational meeting to plan these efforts will be held on Wednesday September 29th at 7:00, in the Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt, in room #4, in Redwood City.
The purpose of this community meeting is to get an update on the “adopted” unit, put together concrete ideas on finding local military who would like the support of this group, establish what the committee can do to help out in time for the holidays, discuss an initial yellow ribbon campaign, and start putting steps together to begin a youth program.
This committee will also be working to recruit citizens who want to help show support for our service people. Examples of this support include creating needed care packages, recruiting pen pals to correspond with service members, creating opportunities for the community to videotape messages of support to our service people, and other ways of showing that we’re thinking of them. The committee is hoping to work with youth organizations and schools to provide a catalyst for students to get involved in civic action.
The “America Supporting Americans” program was created on March 4, 1968 to provide a mechanism whereby all branches of the United States Armed Services would be “adopted” by an American city. The purpose of the adoption program is to bond American communities with the military men and women who bravely serve their country in a show of moral support with no political ties. There are currently 22 states that have adopted more than 100 active units in all branches of services.
More information on the program and how to become involved is available by contacting Tiffany Teele at (650) 400-6764 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. An online Yahoo group has also been set up to keep the community updated on the activities of the committee, located at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/yellowribbonrwc.
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Tiffany Teele, Designated Liaison
Public Communications Manager