On May 21, employees of Eclipse International and Eastman House, the manufacturer and licensing group with headquarters in North Brunswick, N.J., wore red shirts to work to show solidarity with U.S. military personnel stationed around the world.
The idea of wearing a red shirt on Fridays to honor troops began in the United States in 2005 and in Canada in 2006. According to the Web site www.redshirtfridays.org, “We are not a political organization. …We need to let our servicemen and women know we support their sacrifice and we will not forget them.”
In a memo to workers, Eclipse President Matt Connolly said, “We care only about making our support of our servicemen and women known to our fellow Americans and the world. We all have, or at least know someone who has, friends and/or relatives serving in the military. I ask that everyone participate in this gesture for the servicemen and woman and their families by showing that we are thinking of them.” The company provided red golf shirts for all employees to wear that day.