UNION, NJ – As is customary each time a member of their Knights family deploys overseas, the JFK Assembly 0666 along with Union Council 4504 held a Yellow Ribbon Ceremony on Saturday in honor of US Army Sgt. Erik Santiago.

For the past ten years, it has been a practice to put a yellow ribbon around a tree anytime a Brother Knight or a family member is deployed overseas. “The JFK Assembly does this as a reminder to their members that one of their Knights family is deployed overseas and to keep them in their prayers and thoughts until their safe return home,” said Steve Nagy, Union Knights of Columbus / JFK Assembly Fourth Degree 0666.

Sgt. Santiago’s father Jose is both a Sir Knight with the JFK Fourth Degree Assembly 0666 and a Brother Knight at the Union Council 4504.

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This is not Sgt. Santiago’s first “Yellow Ribbon”.   This deployment to Iraq will be his seventh, with previous deployments to South Korea, Kuwait, two to Afghanistan and two to Iraq.  

Sgt. Santiago’s father Jose and his uncle Felix did the ribbon reveal since Sgt. Santiago is now over in Iraq.

Msgr. Anselm Nwaorgu from St. Michael’s Church the Council’s Chaplain, blessed the ribbon and offered up blessings and prayers for Erik’s safe return home next January.  “The Knights look forward to his safe return home and his coming and cutting his ribbon off,” said Nagy.