Rocky River resident Marilyn Abood believes there are Americans and allies left behind in Afghanistan and is hanging yellow ribbons to remind others that someone is thinking about them and praying for them.

Abood began hanging yellow ribbons and “Americans Left Behind” signs Aug. 30, the last day of the American withdrawal from Afghanistan. She believes more than 100 Americans and dozens of others who are green card holders and were interpreters are still there. She hangs between four and five ribbons when she goes out. Ribbons can be seen in Rocky River along Detroit Road from Mitchell’s Ice Cream at Detroit and Linda Street to near the westbound entrance to Interstate 90 on Detroit Road and west to Columbia Road in Westlake and in Avon.

Some 6,000 Americans and more than 73,500 third-country nationals and Afghan civilians were evacuated in August over an 18-day period by U.S. military aircraft. This last category includes special immigrant visas, consular staff, at-risk Afghans and their families. In total, U.S. and coalition aircraft combined to evacuate more than 123,000 civilians.

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