??? If the Red shirt thing is new to you, read below...
? ? ?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 in quired if he was
? ? ? ; 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 lo nger 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 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 li ke 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.
? ? ? IF YOU AGREE -- THEN SEND THIS ON.
? ? ? IF YOU COULDN'T CARE LESS -- THEN HIT THE DELETE BUTT