Tristan Grund is 4-years old and may not know the full meaning of 2 yellow ribbons on bushes at his house, but, "Um, I love it," said Tristan.
He does however understand his dad is fighting away from home. "He shoots, he goes everywhere. He just goes to our house, to work and has the war," said Tristan.
Tristan's dad, Staff Sergeant Paul Grund, was deployed with more than 100 other men and women about two weeks ago. Staff Sgt Grund will be overseas for the next year.
In the meantime, his wife, Kristie is making sure he and others are remembered while they're away.....one yellow ribbon at a time.
"One of the big things that we noticed was the lack of yellow ribbons around," said Kristie. A simple request in the local paper now has Kristie fielding phone calls about the ribbons.
"If I see a ribbon at my employer, if I see a ribbon where I work, my hometown I know someone thought enough about those soldiers. My husband to put that up," said Kristie.
The recent loss of a Cullman soldier, Sergeant James Skalberg, has Kristie pushing even more for others to show their local support.
"I thought to myself you know, it had to be pretty sad to lose a son and there's no recognition that he was ever there," said Kristie. It may be a spool of ribbon to many but for military families waiting for their loved ones to come home it's a sign they're not alone.
If you would like to donate ribbon or display a ribbon contact Kristie Grund at 256-636-5062.
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