Defense Secretary William S. Cohen has officially declared Oct. 23-30, 1998, to be Red Ribbon Week. Accordingly, Department of Defense (DoD) will sponsor activities in support of its eight annual Red Ribbon Week beginning Oct. 26 to focus attention on the destructive effects that illegal drugs have on our nation. This year's theme is "A Safe and Drug-Free America."
Activities will include a kick-off event with a special appearance by Washington Mystics' guard Nikki McCray. She will be present at the opening ceremonies at Corridor 1, second floor of the Pentagon, on Monday, Oct. 26 between 11 a.m. and noon (EST).
Later in the week, Deputy Secretary of Defense John Hamre will present the eighth annual Secretary of Defense Community Drug Awareness Awards to Service recipients at a ceremony to be held in the Secretary of Defense Conference Room, 3E869, on Oct. 28, at 10 a.m. (EST).
Throughout the week, there will be displays recognizing the community outreach programs and various programs to reduce drug abuse within the community.
Red Ribbon Week was established in 1985 by the Virginia Federation of Parents and the Illinois Drug Education Alliance. The red ribbon is to symbolize a commitment to reduce the demand for illicit drugs in the community. With the support of anti-drug coalition groups, the Red Ribbon Campaign was established as a national event in 1988. For the last seven years, the Department has sponsored Red Ribbon Week activities to recognize DoD Community Drug Awareness efforts.