Sent: Sunday, May 24, 2009 10:41 PM



> 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 through the terminal was a group of soldiers in
> their cami'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
> knelled down and said 'hi.'
> The little girl then asked him if he would give something
> to her daddy for her.
> 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 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 America
> n who supports our men and women afar will wear some thing
> 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-worker s, 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.


Anonymous said...

According to Snopes, this "were red on friday" theme is actually a Canadian thing, which makes a lot more sense given the prominence of red in Canadian symbols.

Colleen said...

I like how the liberal media issue manages to work its way into emails that have nothing to do with it.

CMcD said...

What gets me is the commanding attitude you find in this type of email:

"Every red-blooded American who supports our men and women afar will wear some thing red."

So, if you don't do as I say and wear red, you're not a red-blooded American who supports our troops!

"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."

They MUST answer this way, or they're suspect... maybe not Christian, or maybe they're Limbaugh's "phony soldiers."

And of course, "IF YOU AGREE -- THEN SEND THIS ON."

Maybe email seems like a safe place for authoritarian followers to step up and take charge.

Celia said...

What about if you don't own anything red to wear? Or even if you just put all your red things in the wash? This reminds me of a few years ago, when I heard of schools that were asking the students to wear red, white and blue outfits on Sept. 11th. Not everybody owns things in those colours! Won't someone think of the goths?

Marc with a C said...

Yeah the whole "we're wearing red on Fridays" meme has been around since at least 2003 and 2004.

Really goes to show that those who support the troops and the "silent majority" can't even bother to set aside a single article of clothing one day a week.

As for 30 or 40 soldiers being treated like celebs by total strangers upon arriving home, eh...I'll believe it when I see it with my own eyes.

Colleen said...

Also, new rule: if it has to say "MUST READ--DO NOT DELETE," you can safely delete it.

Anonymous said...

Wear RED on Fridays???


ha ha, don't these morans know that the only good red is a dead red... said by this oldster from the departed cold war era.

I've never heard about this, but it also never ceases to slay me that these simpletons think that by clapping for soldiers at the airport (actually, I have been in airports where we've done this, but that's another story) and wearing some specified color on a specified day indicates how much you "support the troops."

Yet when others wish to demonstrate to stop the war - which is, uh, lessee, killing our troops - then we do NOT "support the troops."

GAH... as usual, a lot of stoopid encased in more treacle (gotta have that iddle widdle girl hugging the big manly soldier, etc) wrapped in Biblical stuff, yadda yadda, ugh.

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