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A Brilliant Way to Show our Support!

April 15th, 2009, 09:44 AM
I wanted to post this email I received. In an effort to spread the word I have asked marko for his permission to post this email and he has approved it.

Please feel free to forward this on to friends and family!


> Red Shirt
> If the red shirt thing is new to you,
> read below how it went for one man...
> Last week, while traveling to Toronto on
> business, I noticed an army 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.'
> 'Going to pick him up?'
> 'No. He is with me right now. He was
> killed in Afganistan, 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 for doing what you do so my family and I
> can
> do what we do.'
> Upon landing in Toronto , 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 Canadian
> Armed
> Forces 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 me realize that I am proud to be a Canadian.
> 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? Canadians 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 Canadians, like you, me and all our
> friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of Canadians
> 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 Canadian who supports our men and women afar, will
> wear something red.
> By word of mouth, press, TV -- let's make
> Canada on every Friday a sea of red much like a homecoming Hockey 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 Canada 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.

April 15th, 2009, 09:47 AM
Wow that gave me the chills!!! I will wear red for our brave men and women!! The least I could do...Thanks for sharing

April 15th, 2009, 11:30 AM
I and many others in the daycare business have been wearing red on fridays for the last 2 yrs since they started it, all the men do also where hubby works

April 15th, 2009, 11:43 AM
Melinda thats awesome! I had not heard of it until I read this email! So I am passing it around to show them we care! :thumbs up

April 15th, 2009, 11:48 AM
Winston, thank you for sharing this with us, I have also heard of wearing red on fridays to support our Troops but I have to say that I have not done it yet, starting this friday I will on purpose wear red to show my support. pbp

April 15th, 2009, 11:50 AM
Thank you for sharing that, Winston. DH is military and it is great to see civilian support. :grouphug:

April 15th, 2009, 12:20 PM
This is awesome.
I will definately make an effort to wear red on fridays!

April 15th, 2009, 12:44 PM
This brought tears to my eyes. THanks so much for posting!!

April 16th, 2009, 03:25 AM
I had not heard of it until I read this email! So I am passing it around to show them we care! :thumbs up

I had not heard of it before either so thanks for sharing and I will copy and forward it to everyone I know to help get the word out.

Dog Dancer
April 17th, 2009, 05:10 PM
A friend of mine is in the military and has served in Afghanistan so I have seen this post before. We're up on all the military support projects, although I have to admit I often forget it's Friday and to wear red. My favour support bumper sticker though was "If you don't want to stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them." That one just gets to me every time, it's so true.