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Sen. Begich Launches “Operation Yellow Ribbon”

Armed Services YMCA, Alaska SUBWAY® Support Effort to Honor Service Members

Begich joins kickoff Wednesday at 3 pm at Benson & Seward Hwy.

In an effort to remember the sacrifice of Alaska’s military men and women serving overseas during the next year, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, the Armed Services YMCA and Alaska SUBWAY® Restaurants are launching “Operation Yellow Ribbon” this week.

Beginning Wednesday, November 23, Alaskans can pick up a yellow ribbon in any SUBWAY® restaurant in Anchorage, Fairbanks or the Mat-Su Valley and display it proudly to show the troops we are thinking of them and appreciate their service.

“As we all sit down to enjoy Thanksgiving, thousands of Alaska-based military members are celebrating the holiday in Afghanistan and Iraq,” Begich said. “And with 3,500 more members leaving for Afghanistan just after Thanksgiving, this is a small way for us to say we’re thinking of you, your families and will await your safe return.”

**Sen. Begich, a SUBWAY® representative and a representative of the Armed Services YMCA will kickoff Operation Yellow Ribbon at 3 pm on Wednesday, November 23 at the Anchorage SUBWAY® at the corner of Benson and the Seward Highway. They will give a brief presentation to the media then start distributing yellow ribbons to the incoming traffic.***

The yellow ribbons will be available in the participating SUBWAY® stores through Thanksgiving weekend while supplies last. Alaskans can tie them to a car antenna, a purse, a book bag, or any other outward symbol of support.

There are currently an estimated 4,000 members of the 1-25 Stryker Brigade Combat Team from Fort Wainwright serving in Afghanistan. They will be joined by another roughly 3,500 members of the 4-25 Airborne Brigade Combat Team from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and 123 members of the Bravo (B) Company 1st Battalion (Airborne) 143rd Infantry Regiment, Alaska Army National Guard. These units will be deploying over the next two weeks. There are also an estimated 550 Alaska-based service members currently deployed in Iraq.

“Alaska’s military members are our friends and neighbors. Operation Yellow Ribbon is a way to honor their service, and remember as a community to support their families while they are gone,” Begich said. “I appreciate the support of the Armed Services Y and SUBWAY® in helping to make this event happen.”

Sen. Begich said if Alaskans have their own yellow ribbons, they should feel free to join the effort by displaying what they have in homes, offices or any public place.

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