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Residents asked to ‘paint the city yellow’ for 115th members’ return

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Their long absence from our community is almost over.

The Alabama Army National Guard’s 115th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, based in Decatur, will be returning from deployment next week, and word has begun to spread in Red Bay for residents and businesses to tie and post up yellow ribbons to welcome our community’s Guard members home.

“It’s not official, but the 115th will be arriving in Huntsville on Wednesday and we anticipate our local members arriving back here on Wednesday around 6 p.m.,” said Red Bay Mayor Charlene Fancher. “I know it’s around the time church will be starting for a lot of people, but I would like to see folks line Main Street to welcome them home. If we could all be on the streets to welcome them home, it would be great to show them our support.”

Fancher said she had already contacted businesses asking them to mount yellow ribbons, and she said the United States flags will continue to fly in Bay Tree Park in honor of the local Guard members, and so they’ll be waving when they return home. Fancher also said the city has a small supply of flags available at City Hall for residents to pick up and wave should they wish to do so.

Should something change with the timing, The Red Bay News will post additional updates here on our website, and we’ll also post them to our Facebook page.

Let’s turn out to welcome our brave soldiers home.

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