Photo by Dillon Daigger
David Olson in an SOT tee shirt
I write this letter to clarify a story about "Wearing Red on Fridays" that aired on KNOP-TV Friday.
It is true that I strongly support the idea in North Platte to support our troops by wearing red on Fridays. That was not my original idea, but one that I borrowed from Grand Island.
I attended the last two Disabled American Veterans conventions in Grand Island, where I learned about the project, which is ongoing in that community.
Recently, just by good luck, I noticed the "SOT-Wear Red on Fridays" shirts for sale by a screen-print vendor there, and I purchased several to bring back to North Platte.
I showed the shirts to the new owners of Whitetail Screen Print (formerly Midwest Screen Printing). Jeff and I agreed to produce the shirts with the same design and offer them for sale in this area. I knew that the Dairy Queen store in North Platte had a genuine desire to Support Our Troops, so I approached the DQ manager and crew, giving them the opportunity to be first to buy the specially designed shirts from me. Without hesitation, the bought sesveral shirts and I asked KNOP to film a segment on Friday to promote the idea.
I hope many, many people will purchase the SOT red shirts and carry on the project that to my knowledge is an original idea of the good people of Grand Island.
The price we are asking for the shirts is nominal. They can be seen at Whitetail Screen Print and Dairy Queen.
Please join me in the cause. Buy a shirt and wear red on Fridays in support of our troops. Perhaps the Nebraskaland Days folks will exempt persons who are wearing red from the Friday Western wear requirement.
By David C. Olson, Commander, Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 3, North Platte.
In 1969, Olson was a communications technician in a ship that surrounded the Vietnam War zone for six months. - Editor