Friday is upon us, once again, and it's time to put on our red shirts, or blouses, and let everyone know that we support the men and women of our nation who have put themselves in Harm's Way for our sake. You can do this and make a political statement if you like. You can do this and make no political statement. Whether or not you support the nation's efforts to fight the forces of Evil, Terror, and Chaos in the world, this tiny effort is a simple way to say, "I support our troops!"
The effort - Red Shirt Friday - spans the continent from Atlantic to Pacific, and from the Rio Grande to the Arctic Circle. The people of the United States of America and Canada are joined in this display of support.
From Married To The Canadian Forces:
Red Fridays, a campaign encouraging Canadians to don red each Friday as a show of support for Canadian troops, was originally an American initiative. The idea was brought to our site back in March 2006 and from there it blossomed into a Canadian-wide effort.
And, as Snopes.com explained:
You don't need to put out a lot of money to be a part of this, Folks. A simple shirt or blouse is all you need. For my part, while a dress code is still in the works, I wear a red t-shirt every Friday. And have done since last June. You can do this, too.
In the spring of 2006, a "wear red on Fridays to show support for the troops" crusade began developing in Canada after Lisa Miller and Karen Boire, the wives of two Canadian servicemen, thought to adapt the 2005 American exhortation quoted above to Canadians serving overseas and post the revamped suggestion to their web site, MarriedToTheCanadianForces.com. Their "Red Fridays" movement has been widely publicized and has proved to be very popular among military and
non-militaryfamilies alike. On 23 September2006, thousands clad in red attended such a rally led by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Parliament Hill.
Red, by the way, is a color very strongly associated with all things Canadian, which possibly accounts for part of the reason for the program's being embraced so enthusiastically by the U.S.'s northern neighbor.
While some choose to interpret the solidarity display as being intended for Canada's military efforts in Afghanistan, others regard it as meant for Canadian soldiers abroad no matter how they got there and what they're doing and to offer them a visible "Thank you" for putting themselves on the line.
You don't have to carry a sign and march along the streets, chanting slogans. You don't have to sign up to spend x-number of hours of your time. All you need do is wear a red shirt. And then gather up the gumption to explain why when asked.
Can you do that? I'll bet you can. It's small thing to ask you to do. And it could mean so much more than you imagine. For, at a time when the politicians are wavering, and offering solace to the agents of Death, by presenting resolutions that beg for withdrawal from conflict with those who would see us enslaved or dead, you will speak loud and clear in rebuttal. That red shirt says, "I support the troops! Don't abandon them! Don't endanger them with your spinelessness!" This is trans-national! Join the movement!
Remember! Wear a Red Shirt on Friday! Don't forget!
Note: If you'd like a shirt that says more, why not head over to Sues' place and take a look at the red shirts she's offering. The price is very reasonable. She has two styles of t-shirt, and has now added a polo-shirt, as well! So head on over and buy yourself a Red Shirt! Tell her benning sent you! Hehehee!
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