With the Veteran's Home controversy far from over, hundreds of vets and GI officialls took the opportunity today to show the Governor their displeasure. And they weren't hard to spot. If you saw a lot of orange at the state fair today, the veterans did their job.
"All along, in this whole process, the veterans out of the veterans home didn't have a voice in this and john and all the people that were here today in orange t-shirts wanted to show the Governor silently and without a protest that we want the veterans home to stay in Grand Island, where it belongs," said Gary Quandt, member of the Hall County Board of Supervisors.
Veteran John Huppner, a veteran who's lived in the Veterans Home since 2001, created the orange shirts.
"I'm just so proud of everyone that's wearing them to stand up to something that's totally wrong and hopefully we can change it," Huppner said.
With Grand Island officials still comprising a plan to fight the decision to move the Vets Home to Kearney, and having Governor Dave Heineman in attendance at the opening ceremonies for the fair, it was the veterans chance to show their displeasure with the decision.
"We have to show the Governor. With the t-shirts, we have to show the Governor that we support our veterans and we believe the Veterans Home should be here. It's been here for 126 years and it needs to continue to be here," Quandt said.
Now with the fair being 11 days long, don't expect to see hundreds of orange t-shirts every day.
"Hopefully they can wear it everyday but they have to get cleaned sometime."