Litchfield (WTNH) - A practice that honors members of the military has becomecontroversial in one part of Litchfield. Putting yellow ribbons onthe town green trees is prohibited.
Things were contentious at a board meeting, Wednesday evening.The committee that oversees the public Green in Litchfieldoriginally said no yellow ribbons at all for the troops. There wereoriginally dozens tied to the trees on the Green, and townspeoplesay it has been like that for years.
But someone cut them down. Wednesday night the committee votedto allow one ribbon in the center of the green.
"[I am] very angry, very frustrated," said Mitch Garden ofLitchfield. "I think they made a very weak decision, they took theeasy way out on this one."
"I am not happy, I am not happy at all other than the flag,"said Leslie Caron of Litchfield. "This is what they offered us inDecember: one ribbon."
Bob Wilson: "One ribbon for troops that are giving their livesfor our country, ma'am. (woman turns away) You you just turn youback on that? What do you say to them?"
Board Member: (pause) What do you say to them? You were atthis meeting..."
Wilson: "...I am not the one making the decisions."
Board Member: (pause) I say that I am very sorry if we can'tmeet everyone's needs or one person's idea of exactly how somethingshould be."
A standing room only crowd had a different idea.
Steve Ardussi has a son who just arrived in Baghdad this week.He is a Major in the Army with 12-years of service in the FirstArmored Division.
His father wants to put up a ribbon for him and let his son knowhe is not forgotten.
In regard to just one ribbon, Ardussi said, "it's not symbolicof what it means. When you walk through the town Green and you see50-100 ribbons, each service member is represented. That is what wehad seven years ago. When the ribbons first went up they were therefor seven years or more."
On Saturday they will be having a ceremony to put one ribbonaround a tree and also raise the flag in honor, memory of thetroops, in support of the troops.
Just to make it clear we want to point out the committee's pointof view. They said clearly they're afraid that if they put up oneribbon, a yellow ribbon, all of a sudden another group -- pinkribbon maybe for breast cancer, or another ribbon for their cause-- they're worried about all of a sudden having ribbons for all thedifferent causes on the Green. That's why they said they limited itto just one yellow ribbon.
* Editor's note: This story has been edited to fix quotations and add additional context.
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