Red Fridays

pikecoe(9)October 16, 2008

This was sent to me and I thought that some of you friends would be affected by it as much as I was. Glenda

*Will you give this to my Daddy?

As a Company, Southwest Airlines is going to support 'Red Fridays.'

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 camos.

As they began heading to their gate, everyone (well almost

everyone) was abruptly to their feet with their hands waving and


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.

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.'

The little girl then asked him if he would give something to her

daddy for her.

The young soldier, who 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 other servicemen pulled out a

military-looking walkie-talkie. They started playing with the

device and talking back and forth on it.

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


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


As the soldiers began to leave, heading towa rds 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


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 America n who supports our men

and women afar will wear some thing 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


Let's get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by

example; and wear something red every Friday.

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sleeplessinftwayne(z4-5 IND)

I don't really like chain mail but in this case I will say thank you and I will be wearing red this Friday and every Friday until they are all home. Sandy

    Bookmark   October 16, 2008 at 2:22PM
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Sandy that is my feelings also. I just thought this one was worth passing on. Glenda

    Bookmark   October 16, 2008 at 3:19PM
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