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North’s Hometown Plans Oliver North Day Festivities

July 15, 1987

PHILMONT, N.Y. (AP) _ The village where Lt. Col. Oliver North grew up will honor him on Aug. 15, which has been declared Oliver North Day.

The Philmont Village Board voted Monday to honor North in festivities that will coincide with the village’s annual Community Day. North grew up and went to high school in the community of 1,674 about 30 miles south of Albany.

Village Trustee Sharon Johnson is organizing the Oliver North Day activities.

″Many residents are proud of our hometown boy and we felt in some way we should show exactly how our sentiments run,″ Johnson said.

Meanwhile, in nearby Ulster County, a business man said he is starting a red ribbon campaign for the former National Security Council aide.

Peter F. Lordi, of Marlboro, hopes people across the country will hang red ribbons on trees and poles as a sign of support for North. He has asked truck drivers to spread the word, he said.

The campaign is not a political statement, but a ″statement for a guy who has done a great job,″ Lordi said.