CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,
CinemaDave
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Red Shirt

If the Red shirt thing is new to you, read below

how it went for a man...

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.<

/PRE>

Going to pick him up?

No. He is with me right now. He was killed inIraq , 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<

F ONT face="Courier New" size=2> 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 fa mily. 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 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 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.

Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you;

Jesus Christ and the American

Soldier.

One died for your soul; the other for your freedom.
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