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Red Fridays- Support our Troops

Posted by on Jun. 20, 2007 at 3:02 PM
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Sorry but this was too good not to share. I could not be more proud of this story and what it represents. Please take the time to read.

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 camo's. As they began heading to their gate
everyone (well almost everyone) was abruptly to
their feet with their hands waving and cheering.

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," to the
little girl. She then asked him if he would give
something to her daddy for her.

The young soldier, he 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
soon.
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 event unfolded.

As the soldiers began to leave, heading towards their
gate, people resumed their applause. As I stood
there applauding and looked around, their 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
cheek.

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 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
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 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 COULD CARE
LESS THEN HIT THE DELETE BUTTON --- IT IS YOUR
CHOICE. WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE, ONLY BECAUSE
OF THE BRAVE. THEIR BLOOD RUNS RED---- SO WEAR RED! --

MAY GOD HELP AMERICA TO BECOME ONE NATION, UNDER GOD.
by on Jun. 20, 2007 at 3:02 PM
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AnnaJaynesMom
by on Jun. 20, 2007 at 6:27 PM
So glad u posted this one.  My cousin is in the army and I have a good friend in the marines...I do it every Friday.
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