Employers, schools and residents are encouraged to show their support for all service members deployed overseas by participating in R.E.D. (or Remember Everyone Deployed) Shirt Friday event tomorrow, March 15th.
The South Dakota National Guard, Ellsworth Air Force Base and the state Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve invite the public to participate by wearing a red shirt on all Fridays while South Dakota citizens are deployed to remember and honor all members of the military for their service to the state and nation.
Major General Tim Reisch, adjutant general of the South Dakota National Guard, says that wearing red shirts on Fridays sends a strong and unified message to service members and families. He says that it’s a simple gesture, but the meaning behind it is significant.
Governor Kristi Noem has showed her support by signing a proclamation announcing all Fridays that South Dakota citizens are deployed in harm’s way to be R.E.D. Shirt Friday in South Dakota.
Currently, there are about 160 South Dakota Air and Army National Guard members and about 200 Airmen from Ellsworth Air Force Base deployed to various locations around the globe.