Hello all,
This was just e-mailed to me from a fellow forum member and thought you guys might want to read this one!

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
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
*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 fordoing 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 m e 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 Fr iday 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.
In the words of President Teddy Roosevelt, 'We have room for but one flag,
the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is
the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that
is a loyalty to the American people.'