Volunteers tie yellow ribbons to support troops

A group of volunteers are determined to paint the town yellow for returning soldiers.  In one month, several units from Iraq and Afghanistan will start making their way home to Nebraska. The group is making yellow ribbons to show support and say thank you.

Katie Hackbart says, “They're putting their lives in danger for us and being able to do something as simple as making a yellow ribbon or hanging it to show that you support them, there's no greater honor.”

Katie's family of four would know.  Her husband, Corey, has served in the military for 17 years.  He's headed home this July after a year-long deployment.  Katie hopes he'll return to a community that shows him how much he's been missed.  “Lincoln lined from end-to end with yellow ribbons, welcoming them home.”

Over the next month, the volunteers organizing the ribbon making are hoping for 500,000 yellow bows.  Wednesday night, 80 people came through the door and helped get 3,000 ribbons closer to that target goal.

Katie says it's a great start.  “It means a lot that we have this much of a turnout and that much support.  It just makes it that much more real that it's getting close to them coming home.”

To reach their goal of 500,000 ribbons, the group is still needs a lot of help.  They have several other evenings planned this month for volunteers to make those ribbons.  The group will be working on June 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the First United Methodist Church.  The church is located at 2723 N. 50th Street.  Anyone is welcome.