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August 24, 2012

Wearing red for the troops

CLAREMORE — Seniors turned out Friday for more than lunch, they came to the Claremore Senior Citizen Center to support the troops by wearing red.

The room was packed with red shirts and smiles in an event that warmed the hearts of the veterans in the room.
This event became reality after Lt. Col. Raymond Venn, retired, asked everyone to wear red on Friday to show support for the troops. Venn got the idea from another Veteran organization he participates in and thought the people of Rogers County would want to support the national effort.
“It feels great to see everyone wear red to support our troops,” Venn said.
Venn served his country during the Vietnam War and remembers to this day how it felt when he came home.
“There was nobody there when I came back,” Venn said. “I don’t want anyone else to feel that way.”
He also explained that people need to know how the support is here in Claremore.
“We need to let the world know we are proud of our troops and by showing support it lets everyone know we are red-blooded Americans who love God and country,” Venn said.
Just because our troops left Iraq does not mean we are not still fighting oversees, he explained.
“We also have troops stationed all over the world on peace keeping missions, Venn said.

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