- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota National Guard is encouraging South Dakotans to support service members who are deployed overseas by wearing red shirts on Fridays.

The weekly event is called RED Shirt Friday, to remind businesses, schools and citizens to “Remember Everyone Deployed.”

Maj. Gen. Tim Reisch is adjutant general of the South Dakota National Guard.

He says wearying red shirts on Fridays sends a “strong and unified message” to service members and families that their sacrifices are remembered and appreciated.

South Dakota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is also involved in the event.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed all future Fridays that South Dakotans are deployed to be RED Shirt Fridays.

Right now, over 160 South Dakota Army and Air National Guard members are in Afghanistan and Kuwait.

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