Dozens of Mansfield University students gathered on the football field on RED Friday to honor soldiers currently deployed.
Drone footage captured them standing to spell out the word ‘RED’ which is an acronym for ‘Remember Everyone Deployed.’
“Events like this are held all over the country, so this isn’t just unique, but it is very personal to our campus,” Jason Welch, the advisor of MU’s student veterans organization, said. “I’m a veteran. I’m a veteran of Afghanistan and a lot of the student veterans here really kind of identify with remembering all of the people that are deployed.”
Students were given red t-shirts and wristbands before heading out to the field to look uniform on camera. They also filled out postcards to send to our troops.
Larry Anderson, who is a Vietnam veteran and student at Mansfield, says families of those deployed deserve the same recognition as the soldiers and he’s happy to see what’s being done.
“I’m proud that I’m a part of it here at Mansfield University and that these students come out to show their support for our fighting men overseas,” Anderson said.
The overall message is to let our deployed soldiers know that we are thinking of them and will never forget them.
This was the fourth annual RED Friday event that the school held.