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A local newspaper recently did an article on the magnets and their growing popularity:
Those yellow ribbons are for the troops
Mike Gordon, Honolulu Advertiser, Friday, May 14, 2004
The key distribution point mentioned is Schofield Barracks, and one of the contacts is Debi Townsend, part of a family support group for Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment. They're so popular, she said, they're being stolen off cars.
Recently we spotted ribbons on sale at local home improvement store City Mill. They're not the exact same, but are obviously modeled after the Schofield Barracks originals, one yellow and one red, white and blue. They're being sold for $5 each, with proceeds promised to military families (but no particular beneficiary group is specified).
As the major deployments continue, chances are you'll find these ribbon magnets popping up everywhere, from drug store checkout stands to craft fairs. Keep an eye out for them, and if you find an especially well-stocked source, feel free to share it with a comment here.