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  • Red Friday

    1 posts, 1 voices, 631 views, started Feb 23, 2009

    Posted on Monday, February 23, 2009 by Yana Berlin


    • Diamond

      Tonight I was especially tired, because my day began earlier than usual. I still had over 40 emails to go through, but decided my eyes were to dry to take it. One email stood out and I couldn’t close my laptop. Here is the story that really touched my heart and as tears  were flowing down my cheeks my eyes were no longer dry. estatic

      Red Friday  

      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.

      american soldier Moving through 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 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.’

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

      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 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.

      As the soldiers began to leave, heading towards 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 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 use d 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

      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.

      p.s. Don’t forget to send this article in honor of all of our soldiers.


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