Record-breaking rendezvous

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By Marty Finley

If you go: The human ribbon is slated to be photographed around 10 a.m. Thursday at the Godman Airfield at Fort Knox. Participants are encouraged to arrive by 9 a.m. or earlier and enter at the Brandenburg Station Road gate. Those who would like to register or receive more information can log onto www.knoxmwr.com.



FORT KNOX — Thursday will be a record-breaking day if Fort Knox’s plan comes to fruition.

Godman Airfield will be the site for the formation of a human yellow ribbon, in honor of the Month of the Military Family. But the ribbon’s formation will also highlight the post’s desire to set a record for the largest human formation of the ribbon.

To accomplish this goal, the post is throwing in some added incentives, with the first 2,000 participants receiving a free t-shirt to wear during the event, said Anna Hoop, a spokeswoman for Army Community Services at Fort Knox.

Hoop said pre-registration is also available to gauge the number of people who will be there, which totaled just more than 1,800 Monday afternoon. The pre-registration is not a requirement to participate, though.

In addition to the 2,000 on the inside of the ribbon, soldiers will outline the ribbon in uniforms and berets.

The inspiration came from the photograph found online of the current record holders. Hoop said the idea to chase the record was presented to her supervisor and the idea moved up the ranks, receiving a wave of support along the way.

The record itself is an unofficial armed forces record, which would be brought back to the states after U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach in Germany broke the previous record in May with more than 1,300 people, wresting the title away from the Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar, Calif.

Hoop said it’s a way for the post to honor the families who have to deal with deployments, and display Fort Knox as one of the premiere military sites.

“We’d like to show the world that it’s a great place to be stationed,” Hoop said.

Hoop said that participants should dress warmly in preparation for colder weather. Inclement weather will also be monitored, and the post will make a rain call at 6 a.m. Thursday morning, which will be announced on www.knoxmwr.com if necessary.

Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762.