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Fort Knox to host annual Red Ribbon Week in late October

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By Fort Knox ASAP

The Fort Knox Army Substance Abuse Program will again recognize the week of Oct. 23-31 as Red Ribbon Week, and will help Fort Knox schools support programs and guests to speak on preventing substance abuse.

Red Ribbon Week is a national event that highlights the importance of a drug and alcohol free lifestyle for students all over the country.

The first Red Ribbon Celebration was organized in
1986 by a group of
parents concerned about the destruction caused by alcohol and drug abuse. The red ribbon was adopted as a symbol of the movement in honor of Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, an agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration who was kidnapped and killed while investigating drug traffickers.

As in previous years, the wearing of a red ribbon symbolizes what Kiki did for
communities in the prevention of drug abuse. Without his type of bravery and the efforts to stop drugs from entering our
country across the border, many more children and families would be affected by drugs like heroin, marijuana and methamphetamines.

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan realized this, and she advocated for there to be an entire Red Ribbon week to support substance abuse prevention and education activities for children.

Today, schools throughout our nation highlight this event through various media efforts, community events, school projects and coalitions, like the National Family Partnership that organized the first nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign in 1988. Since that time, the campaign has reached millions of U.S. individuals, and has been recognized by the U.S. Congress.

During Red Ribbon Week, parents are encouraged to speak to their children about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse. The message begins at home; parents are the single biggest influence on their children to make the right choices, especially when it comes to alcohol and drug abuse.

This year, as with so many other communities throughout the nation, Fort Knox will host the Red Ribbon Week, which will include a “Life is Your Journey – Travel Drug Free” symposium in the Fort Knox Saber and Quill Oct. 17.

For additional
information about the symposium or about Red Ribbon Week,
call the Fort Knox ASAP office at (502) 624-1537.