By Zachary West
Provo residents, leaders and community organizations will rally Saturday March 29 at the Provo Library in support of U.S. troops over seas.
“The purpose of the rally is to support U.S. troops, regardless of your view on the war,” said Jared Emfield, BYU coordinator for the Utah Coalition of the Willing. “This will be an activity for everyone in Provo, including families.”
Provo mayor Lewis K. Billings is expected to attend the rally to show his support for the troops.
Utah Valley State College”s Army ROTC cadets plan to come for a flag ceremony.
“A member of the color guard will give brief instruction on proper flag etiquette at the end of the rally,” said Dan Garcia, color guard commander for the UVSC Army ROTC.
Community organizations will be at the rally to perform and collect supplies for U.S. soldiers.
People at the rally are invited to bring goods for U.S. troops. The Boys Scouts of America and American Red Cross are expected to collect the supplies.
“There is a list on the Operation Yellow Ribbon Web site of items people can bring to the rally,” Emfield said. “The list includes everything from Sunscreen to AA batteries. We also accept monetary donations for phone cards for troops.”
A Native American group is expected to perform dances at the rally.
The rally is expected to begin at 1 p.m. and go until 4 p.m.
The Provo rally is part of Operation Yellow Ribbon, a rally planned for April 12 at the Utah State Capitol. People wearing yellow will form a one-mile long, 10-foot wide, human chain around the Capitol building for an aerial photo to send to U.S. troops over seas.