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Ferris schedules prayer rally for troops

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SHERRY LONG
The Ellis County Press

FERRIS - In support of our boys and girls fighting for freedom halfway across the world the City of Ferris and Ferris Downtown Association are sponsoring a 'Til Our Troops Come Home - Tie a Yellow Campaign Friday, March 28 at noon.

Monday afternoon, volunteers converged on A Cash and Mail Emporium in Ferris cutting ribbon and designing extravagant bows to show the city's support for our armed services men and women.

FDA members helped and Channel 11 KTVT filmed and aired the preparations on their evening newscast.

Owners Teresa Schiffer and Melanie Queen, also FDA members, began cutting and distributing yellow ribbons last Thursday when the war erupted.

'I get so mad at anyone protesting after Sept. 11' Schiffer said. 'I want to see something positive for the community [to do].'

Downtown Ferris will be flooded in a sea of yellow ribbons and American flags Friday.

Patriotic ribbons and flags will adorn the square and city hall, and surround the gazebo.

'It's important to show our support for the troops,' Marrietta Allen, Ferris Main Street director said.

Allen said she wants families with members serving in the war to bring photos to the gazebo to be displayed at city hall.

FDA members are asking the community to meet them downtown Ferris for prayer and to hand out yellow ribbons for residents to display on their cars and in front of their homes.

Downtown merchants are encouraged to display their flags in our show of support for the troops and tie a yellow ribbon in front of their businesses.

Ferris Mayor Jimmie Birdwell will lead attendees in prayer for the troops at the gazebo in front of city hall at noon on Friday.

Organizers plan to play patriotic songs during the mid-day service.

Donna Shaw will sing the national anthem.

All are welcome to attend.

For more information call Ferris Downtown Association 972-842-2661.


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