Thursday, July 13, 2006

Red Shirt Fridays Redux

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As originally posted on 6 July, 2006:

From Sues Views, by way of Bushwack, comes this:

Wear red on Fridays and send a message to the liberal media and politicians. Here's why. This was sent to me today and retells an incident that happened in an airport recently. The author is unknown and whether it's true or not is uncertain. But the message still holds true, and the idea of wearing red on Fridays is a good way to show our support for the troops.

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"Last week I was in Atlanta, Georgia attending a conference. While I was in the airport, returning home, I heard several people behind me beginning to clap and cheer. I immediately turned around and witnessed one of the greatest acts of patriotism I have ever seen.

"Moving thru the terminal was a group of soldiers in their camo's, as they began heading to their gate everyone (well almost everyone) was abruptly to their feet with their hands waving and cheering. When I saw the soldiers, probably 30-40 of them, being applauded and cheered for it hit me. I'm not alone. I'm not the only red blooded American who still loves this country and supports our troops and their families.

Image Hosted by Free image hosting "Of course I immediately stopped and began clapping for these young unsung heroes who are putting their lives on the line everyday for us so we can go to school, work and home without fear or reprisal. Just when I thought I could not be more proud of my country or of our service men and women a young girl, not more than 6 or 7 years old, ran up to one of the male soldiers. He kneeled down and said, 'hi,' to the little girl, then she asked him if he would give something to her daddy for her. The young soldier, he didn't look any older than maybe 22 himself, said he would try and what did she want to give to her daddy. Then suddenly the little girl grabbed the neck of this soldier, gave him the biggest hug she could muster and then kissed him on the cheek.

"The mother of the little girl, who said her daughter's name was Courtney, told the young soldier that her husband was a Marine and had been in Iraq for 11 months now. As the mom was explaining how much her daughter, Courtney, missed her father, the young soldier began to tear up. When this temporarily single mom was done explaining her situation, all of the soldiers huddled together for a brief second. Then one of the otherservicemen pulled out a military looking walkie-talkie. They started playing with the device and talking back and forth on it.

Image Hosted by Free image hosting "After about 10-15 seconds of this, the young soldier walked back over to Courtney, bent down and said this to her, 'I spoke to your daddy and he told me to give this to you.' He then hugged this little girl that he had just met and gave her a kiss on the cheek. He finished by saying, 'your daddy told me to tell you that he loves you more than anything and he is coming home very soon.'

"The mom at this point was crying almost uncontrollably and as the young soldier stood to his feet he saluted Courtney and her mom. I was standing no more than 6 feet away from this entire event unfolded. As the soldiers began to leave, heading towards their gate, people resumed their applause. As I stood there applauding and looked around, there were very few dry eyes, including my own. That young soldier in one last act of selflessness, turned around and blew a kiss to Courtney with a tear rolling down his cheek.

Image Hosted by Free image hosting We need to remember everyday all of our soldiers and their families and thank God for them and their sacrifices. At the end of the day, it's good to be an American."

RED FRIDAYS ----- Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing Red every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the "silent majority". We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record breaking numbers. We are not organized, boisterous or over-bearing. We get no liberal media coverage on TV, to reflect our message or our opinions.Many Americans, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of America supports our troops. Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity and respect starts this Friday -and continues each and every Friday until the troops all come home, sending a deafening message that.. Every red-blooded American who supports our men and women afar will wear something red.By word of mouth, press, TV -- let's make the United States on every Friday a sea of red much like a homecoming football game in the bleachers. If every one of us who loves this country will share this with acquaintances, co-workers, friends, and family. It will not be long before the USA is covered in RED and it will let our troops know the once "silent" majority is on their side more than ever, certainly more than the media lets on.

The first thing a soldier says when asked, "What can we do to make things better for you?" is...

We need your support and your prayers.

Let's get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example; and wear something red every Friday.

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I can add not one thing to this, Folks. Let's do it, shall we?


WomanHonorThyself said...

U betcha!...think red red red!..:-)

WomanHonorThyself said...

thanks for your brilliant and lovely comments at my site Benning..youre a scholar! :)

benning said...

Trust me, Angel, I can get pretty nasty when the moment calls for it!


a.k.a. Blandly Urbane said...

It doesn't really matter whether it's true or not, but it does have that ring of the chain letter e-mail to it.

I'll be wearing red on Fridays just the same. As you said, it still holds true...

benning said...

Yep! I'm doing it as a way to say "I support the Men and Women of the US Armed Forces."

Granted, I won't say it all pompous like that, but that's the gist of it! :D

Anonymous said...

I have my red on today and even if it is just a chain-email, "urban" legend, it still could mean something if we allow it!

a.k.a. Blandly Urbane said...

Yup, yep, un-hunh....I've got RED ON!!!

benning said...

I wore my red Buccaneers T-shirt today. I have two red shirts. I hope they wear out! :D