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Saratoga County honors troops during 'Yellow Ribbon Day'

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With hundreds of thousands of U.S. military members still deployed overseas, one local community has come together to honor local troops. YNN's Matt Hunter reports from Saratoga County.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – "When you know your child is in harm's way and sometimes you don't hear from them for, you know, times when you know something might be going on, it's very difficult," said Karen Curtis, whose son Daniel is a major in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Curtis' son, Daniel, first joined the Marines 13 years ago. During his first two deployments to Iraq, she had only friends and family to lean on. Soon after, she found the group Blue Star Mothers.

"I felt like it was my lifeline once I got involved in the group,” said Curtis, who lives in Delmar. “I got to meet women who were going through the same things I was going through. Then we found a way to help our own kids and other peoples' kids while we're at it."

On Friday morning, Curtis and a half dozen other Blue Star Mothers participated in "Yellow Ribbon Day," a community wide effort in Saratoga County to honor past and present members of the armed services.

"These people are fighting for our freedom and freedom is not free and people need to remember our military every day,” Yellow Ribbon Day founder Carol Pingelski Hotaling said. “When you see yellow ribbons out there, that is to remember our military."

Friday's ceremony featured members of every branch of the military. Local armed service members who gave their lives in battle were given a special tribute.

With many more men and women still facing uncertain danger overseas, members of their community are doing their best to keep them in their thoughts.

"When you know that you're appreciated, it makes the job so much more satisfying and it makes it worth the sacrifices while you're away," said U.S. Navy Commander Vincent Perry, the ceremony’s guest speaker.

“It's important for people to understand our kids are still in harm's way and they need our support and that those coming home need the support of their country," Curtis said.

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