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 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 a m 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.
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 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 like a home coming 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 got this from a bully that one of my friends posted... THANK YOU for it.. I felt it was too important to get lost in Bully land.
This weekend is Memorial Day. A day when America remembers and pays tribute to her fallen Soldiers. Or at least that is what they should be doing. Actually they should be remembered "every day" For without them (our soldiers) and the "ultimate sacrifice" so many made in doing their job, we would not be waking up to blue skies, getting ready for summer Bar-b-cues and planning summer vacations.
Instead, we might be sitting in a heap of rubble right now. Waking up instead to bleak skies. And instead of getting ready for summer Bar-b-cues, we'd be trying to figure where our next meal would come from and how we would feed our families. Instead of planning our summer vacation, we would be planning where we would sleep tonight and where we could seek shelter for our family.
It is our Soldiers that protect and guard our freedoms. Many times at great sacrifices to themselves. To me that is a Hero.. One who puts others before him or herself. The job of being a soldier is more involved than many of us know. Our Police and Firefighters fall in this same category as well. These jobs all require "special" people.
I will be headed to the Veterans Cemetery this weekend to honor our fallen soldiers,
from all wars. For they surely ARE NOT FORGOTTEN!
As well as offering my prayers for those who serve today.
My humble thanks to all our Military Men and Women for watching, defending, and protecting this great land of ours. Those who didn't make it home, my prayers go out to your families and children left behind. Some of whom never got to know you. They are proud I am sure, but it is a sad proudness. Because no matter what, a loss is always felt deeply and for some will be felt always..
To those soldiers who lost so many friends and feel the pain and
guilt of having made it back, when they didn't. That haunting question, "Why him, why not me?". My prayers go out for you as well.
I have no answers and know that no matter what one can say to you,
it will neither take the pain away or answer that question for you. Only "one" person can, and when your time comes to meet with your maker, I am sure that question will be top of your list, as well as a few other ones I'm sure.
Memorial Day is the day we remember and honor those who lost their lives fighting for our nation in ALL wars. Please take a few moments now to remember our Fallen Soldiers. To all of you, God Bless and have a "safe" Memorial Week-end.!