(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - A split second explosion 10,000 miles away has led to an outpouring of support in southeast Indiana for a local soldier.
Army Pfc. Brett Bondurant lost both legs when an improvised explosive device detonated in Afghanistan last Wednesday, September 28. At least one other soldier was killed in that blast. Other members of Bondurant’s unit were injured.
Brett’s family, including his mother Janelle Krabbe, was travelling Monday to reunite with the soldier at a Texas military hospital.
As Bondurant embarks on a long road to recovery, the community has been coming up with various ways to honor the 20-year-old Greendale native.
Many of the floats in the Aurora Farmers Fair Parade Saturday included yellow ribbons or signs honoring Bondurant.
Volunteers gathered at the Lawrenceburg High School football field Saturday over the weekend to spell out the word “BRETT.” The photo opportunity was organized by Darren Rhinehart and Lawrenceburg High School band director Darren Webb.
Each tree at Newtown Park in Lawrenceburg has had a yellow ribbon tied around it. Countless other homes and businesses around the area are adorned with similar ribbons.
Lawrenceburg resident Al Penny is crafting wooden ribbons in exchange for donations to the Bondurant family. Penny is cutting the ribbons from plywood donated at a discount price by Lowes hardware store in Lawrenceburg.
“We’ve already given over 200 of these,” Penny said. “It’s great. The community support has been amazing. My son goes to school with the Bondurants and I thought this is something I should be doing to say ‘Thanks.’”
Anybody interested in receiving a wooden yellow ribbon from Penny can contact him at (812) 537-4314.
McCabe’s Floral in Lawrenceburg is also making free yellow ribbons available to anybody who stops in.
Lawrenceburg High School, Bondurant's alma mater, is planning a ceremony to honor him on Tuesday, October 4 at 2:25 p.m. It will include an address from Vietnam War veteran P.G. Gentrup and recognition of students who plan to enlist with the military after graduation. The public is welcome to attend.
Musician Jeff Workman of local country band Ridge Runner wrote an original song dedicated to Bondurant and his family. Workman can be seen performing the song “Just Wanna Say Thank You” in the video embedded below.