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One of five Woodspirits showing their support for the brave men and women of the armed forces. Together, they salute the five branches of the United States military; Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. Each Woodspirit has pickets in front of him to symbolize that he stands behind "De-Fense." They were created during the Persian Gulf crisis February of 1991. Beginning in 1992, these fellows now don the patriotic red, white, and blue ribbons. This gnome displays the yellow ribbon to say to those who serve their country, "We're thinking of you and want you to come home soon.". Little G.I. is proudly displaying the Army emblem on his picket fence. The oldest branch of the armed forces, the Army was created by the Continental Con- gress in 1775. G.I. has an Eisenhower silver dollar, honoring the last Army general to become president. The little acorn serves as his caisson to transport ammunition, for the official motto is "This We'll Defend." The oak leaf behind G.I. is the officers' grade insignia for lieutenant colonels and majors. His favorite song is, of course, "The Army Goes Rolling Along".
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