September 7, 2011

For Additional Information:

Shelly Houston, Meridian Mayor’s Office

(208) 489-0531


Meridian Residents and Businesses Urged to

“Tie a Yellow Ribbon” to Welcome Home the Troops


Mayor Will Help Tie Yellow Ribbons in City Hall Plaza on Thursday


Meridian, ID – (September 7, 2011) – Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd is urging Meridian residents and businesses to display yellow ribbons during the month of September to demonstrate a “welcome home” to members of the Idaho National Guard’s 116th Calvary Brigade Combat Team. The display of a yellow ribbon has come to be a traditional gesture of homefront support, respect, and welcome for American military personnel.


Mayor Tammy de Weerd is enthusiastic about the idea which was suggested to her by local insurance agent Fred Kesler who has a son-in-law among those returning. “We would love to see yellow ribbons and flags displayed all over the community, so when our soldiers travel through our city they will see that we’ve been thinking of them and that they are warmly welcomed home,” she said.


On Thursday, September 8, Mayor De Weerd and Fred Kesler will join City of Meridian employees at 12:00 Noon to decorate Meridian City Hall’s outdoor plaza with large yellow ribbons handmade by City staff volunteers. Representatives from Meridian’s American Legion Post #113 and the Meridian office of Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador will also be in attendance.


The 116th includes approximately 1,500 Idahoans, including several Meridian residents, who have begun returning from active duty in Iraq. 


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The City of Meridian is located at the center of the Treasure Valley in southwest Idaho, minutes from the State Capitol. Founded in 1893 and incorporated as a city in 1903, Meridian is now one of Idaho’s largest and fastest growing communities. As the home to many young families, Meridian is a vibrant community whose mission is to be a premier city to live, work and raise a family and was selected in 2010 by Family Circle Magazine as one of their Top 10 Best Cities for Families, by Money Magazine as one of its 100 Best Places to Live, and by America’s Promise Alliance and ING as one of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People.  For more information about Meridian, visit