Thursday, September 10, 2009

Red Fridays

This story was forwarded to me in an email, and i thought it was very touching...
If the red shirt thing is new to you, read below how it went for a man...

Last week, while traveling to Chicago on business, I noticed a Marine

sergeant traveling with a folded flag, but did not put two and two together.

After we boarded our flight, I turned to the sergeant, who'd been invited to

sit in First Class (across from me), and inquired if he was heading home.

No, he responded.

Heading out I asked?

No. I'm escorting a soldier home.

Going to pick him up?

No. He is with me right now. He was killed in Iraq , I'm taking him home to

his family.

The realization of what he had been asked to do hit me like a punch to the

gut. It was an honor for him. He told me that, although he didn't know the

soldier, he had delivered the news of his passing to the soldier's family

and felt as if he knew them after many conversations in so few days.

I turned back to him, extended my hand, and said, Thank you. Thank you for

doing what you do so my family and I can do what we do.

Upon landing in Chicago the pilot stopped short of the gate and made the

following announcement over the intercom.

"Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to note that we have had the honor of

having Sergeant Steeley of the United States Marine Corps join us on this

flight He is escorting a fallen comrade back home to his family. I ask that

you please remain in your seats when we open the forward door to allow

Sergeant Steeley to deplane and receive his fellow soldier. We will then

turn off the seat belt sign."

Without a sound, all went as requested. I noticed the sergeant saluting the

casket as it was brought off the plane, and his action made me realize that

I am proud to be an American.

So here's a public Thank You to our military Men and Women for what you do

so we can live the way we do.

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 overbearing.

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 a far, 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,

coworkers, 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.

I know that I tend to take my safety for granted. i am free ad safe because of thousands of men and women who put their own safety on the line to help protect me, and they don't even know me. I will do my best to show my support. my red will be hidden when BYU goes against the Utes though :)

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