February 11, 2010

Red Friday

I got reminded of this in my E-Mail today. You can be sure that every Friday will be a "Red Friday" for me !

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 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."

As a veteran that served in a foreign post I can attest to the power of knowing that the folks back home support and pray for you means to every Serviceman on the front lines.

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


Posted by Delftsman3 at February 11, 2010 01:14 PM | TrackBack

Awesome. Truly awesome.

Posted by: cmblake6 at February 11, 2010 10:06 PM

God Bless Our Troops!!!

God Bless the USA!!!

That was a really moving real life story. Our soldiers need our support back here. They are fighting so that we may enjoy our freedom and we must honor our troops and keep them in our prayers and thoughts everyday.

Thanks for posting this.

Posted by: Teresa at February 11, 2010 10:28 PM

"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.""

If I may, I'd like to add something to this. In my Dec. 09 issue of "American Rifleman", Phillip Schreier was reporting from Afghanistan, and was asking The Troops, "What can I and The NRA do for you?" The almost universal reply was...

"We will keep the fight over here. Please keep fight for us at home. We do not want to return to something less than what we left."

I believe they were not speaking of just our 2nd Amendment Rights, but the fight to keep The United States the Land of the Free and The Home of the Brave and The Beacon of Freedom for people all over the world. This fight we must not lose.

12 FEB 2010 marks the official start of "RED FRIDAY" at FT. HAMMER.

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