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Ribbons to remember American soldiers overseas

The scholarship is provided through the Let Us Never Forget Foundation's Keith Matt Maupin Scholarship fund.

Patriotic music, including the 1973 single, "Tie a Yellow Ribbon," by Tony Orlando and Dawn, was played by PJ Davis, who owns PJ's Bar-B-Q in Saratoga with his wife and two children.

Davis met Hotaling through a local radio station he worked for when she would call in and request songs for soldiers.

He said that Hotaling came to PJ's Bar-B-Q three years ago, and asked if they would be willing to tie yellow bows to poles outside his establishment.

Davis agreed to put up the bows, and has since worked with Hotaling on Yellow Ribbon Day events.

"We're very happy to do it," he said.

April 9 also marked the fifth anniversary of the Iraqi Liberation signified by the fall of Baghdad.

Hotaling will not stop making yellow bows anytime soon.

"I will keep on going," she said. "They always need new bows in Ohio," Hotaling said.

Claremont County, Ohio, is known as the yellow ribbon capital of the world.

Donated yellow ribbon from the Veterans of Foreign Wars post 358 in Ballston Spa will ensure that Hotaling can continue to make the yellow bows to remember the troops.

The post donated 102 rolls of ribbon, according to Hotaling.

Making yellow ribbons is not the only way Hotaling supports the troops. She also volunteers with local groups to send care packages to soldiers overseas.

For all her efforts, Hotaling was named the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Citizen of the Year.

Frank Mihalek, the past exalted ruler of the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge No. 161, who was master of ceremonies for Yellow Ribbon Day, said he has seen first-hand all of Hotaling's efforts, especially for the military, and he thought that she was a very deserving candidate for the recognition.

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