Recieved from Friend on 4Th of July -Called "Red Shirt " -A must read

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  1. marko15

    marko15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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.

    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 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 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 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 American's 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.
     
  2. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    Wonderful and a HONOR for that soldier to bring that fellow soldier to go home to his family.

    It brought tears to my eyes when I read this......
     
  3. spatcher

    spatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Marko for the post. I am a Nam vet and we vowed to never again let a soldier be treated the way we were when we came home. God bless them and thank them when you see them for what they do for you!
     
  4. Just-Like-Hatching

    Just-Like-Hatching Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for sharing and God Bless both of them..
     
  5. spatcher

    spatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Amen!
     
  6. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    [​IMG] Thank you for posting this. [​IMG]
     
  7. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    That's beautiful...
     
  8. Lea71

    Lea71 Chillin' With My Peeps

    As a wife of a soldier who was in Iraq (and grieves for those friends he'll never see again)....all I can say is, let's bring our families home.....alive! And stop wasting time and lives on a futile occupation.
    Here's to all who have served. Let's not forget the fallen.
     

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