Red Friday

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by SilkieTime, Dec 1, 2010.

  1. SilkieTime

    SilkieTime Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2009
    Joelton Tn.
    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 thru the terminal was a group of soldiers in their
    camos. 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 kneeled
    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.

    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.
     
  2. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
    Ct.
    what a beautiful story. our airline (delta ) We do what we can to honor all serviceman/woman. It always tears me up when a whole gate of folks have "american pride" [​IMG]
     
  3. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    I absolutely despise the color red and it looks horrendous on me, but after reading this I think red is my new favorite color and I will PROUDLY wear it every Friday for 2011! I might even wear it ever day [​IMG]

    That story made me tear up...and I don't cry often, but that was just INCREDIBLY sweet!
     
  4. SimplySplendidSilkies

    SimplySplendidSilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2010
    Adairsville, GA
    My Husband will be home from Iraq on Saturday at 9:34 am for his 35 days furlough. This will be his first Christmas home in 9 years. I have done the airport scene more times than I care to remember! 60 hours and counting!
     
  5. SilkieTime

    SilkieTime Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2009
    Joelton Tn.
    God Bless you and your family
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  6. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm in.
     

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