MOUNT VERNON — Once again, Mount Vernon Middle School seventh-graders honored veterans, active service personnel, military families and first responders by making paracord bracelets for “Operation Gratitude,” and instructor Brittany Sivewright said this year the entire school got into the act.
A paracord bracelet is not just a 7.5 foot long piece of rope, which can hold up to 550 pounds, Sivewright explained. The outer sheath and inner strands of the paracord bracelet can be used: As a sling or to tie on a splint, as sewing thread to stitch wounds or repair gear, or as tripwire to make traps and nets.
“The bracelets serve as a reminder that we are here for the service men and women,” she added. “It seems so simple, and yet, it means so much.”