RED Friday

MARQUETTE – Even though Friday was Veterans Day, the men and women still serving overseas are in people’s minds.

Heather Modell, a manager at Remies, said the bar is bringing the RED Friday campaign to the Marquette area.

RED stands for “Remember Everyone Deployed,” she said.

The campaign kicked off Friday with food and raffles at the bar. However, the effort will go beyond that one-day event. Proceeds will go toward the local Warrior Relief Fund.

Since Veterans Day fell on a Friday this year, Modell said she researched what could take place that day to honor the people who have served or currently served in the military.

She came across something called RED Friday.

“It’s basically just a campaign to support and honor, you know, those that are currently deployed along with those that have served and paid the ultimate sacrifice,” Modell said. “So, it’s just kind of a reminder for everybody, that, hey, we still have men and women overseas serving and we need to, you know, keep them in our thoughts and prayers and continue to think about them until they all come home.”

Ongoing sales of special RED Friday T-shirts also will help the cause. She said the T-shirts, which cost $20 and were designed through the Screened Image in Marquette, will be sold at Remies, located at 111 N. Third St.

“As long as people want to buy the shirts, we’ll continue to sell them,” Modell said.

With each shirt sold, $10 will be donated to the Warrior Relief Fund.

Remies already has made an effort for the veterans’ cause, with Modell pointing to memorabilia, mostly related to the Gulf Wars and current conflicts, on the walls.

“As you can see, we are a bar that really supports our veterans, and we’re always inviting veterans to bring in their items, if they wish, to display them,” Modell said.

She said if people would wear red every Friday, it would show community support for veterans.

Christie Bleck can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250.