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Forum topic by Rj posted 11-01-2009 02:32 AM 1361 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-01-2009 02:32 AM

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A friend sent this to me and I thought it would be nice if I posted it on Ljs.

For All those Who Care.
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 through 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.

We are not organized, boisterous or over-bearing. We get no liberal media coverage on TV, to reflect our message or our opinions. Many American, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of Americans 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, co-workers, 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

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#1 posted 11-01-2009 03:05 AM

Thanks, Rj… Red on Friday it shall be! First I heard of this, but I guess that’s not surprising…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#2 posted 11-01-2009 04:12 AM

At Atlanta every time a contingent of troops leaves the USO to board their flights they are led by a USO volunteer waving small flags in each hand.
I have yet to not see almost everyone stop, turn and clap to honor our young troops.
RJ is so correct. Too many tears yet not enough tears.
There are a few fools that seem to want to ignore what is going on. I would just love to smack them.
Sure is a lot different from what we got in ‘67.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#3 posted 11-01-2009 04:16 AM

Amen to that Lee. Times sure have changed.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 11-01-2009 04:33 AM

Amen to that again Lee. When I landed in California after serving two tours, they unloaded 122 of us Marines out away from the terminal and bused us to a general aviation terminal to process us. Asked us not to travel in our uniforms because of all the protesters. Not much of a welcome in 70.
Whenever I see a person in uniform, I walk up to them and thank them for their service.
Thanks for that post Rj, Red it is!

-- John @

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#5 posted 11-01-2009 04:36 AM

I can see why there wasn’t many dry eyes in that audience, even reading this moving story made me tingle. Even though I am Canadian I support the American and Canadian troops, I have friends and family in the armed forces, some of them overseas at this moment. We have had Red Fridays in Canada for a while now but the movement still needs to get bigger and better, all of our brave men and women need to know that we are behind them 100% each and every day. There is an old saying “If you don’t want to stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them”. Thanks a lot for sharing this awesome event you witnessed.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#6 posted 11-01-2009 07:13 AM

I’ve been thru Atlanta on several occasions and each time the troops move thru on the way to their flight the people honor them. You’re right Lee, it’s different for them than it was for us. But I’m glad these young people don’t have to face what we did. They make me so proud.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#7 posted 11-01-2009 07:59 AM

I served in the Navy from 1967-1971. It doesn’t matter if we agree on the war we have to support our men and women in uniform after all they are the sons and daughters of the USA.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#8 posted 11-01-2009 05:51 PM

I just thought about this song this morning, It was made by a man in Nova Scotia by the name of Terry Kelly about Remembrance Day. He was in a drug store and an announcement came on asking to stand in silence for two minutes in honor our men and women who fought and are still fighting today but one man and his daughter continued on shopping, I am attaching a link to the video, it is worth a watch and to read the blurb going into more detain about the song than I have here.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#9 posted 11-05-2009 03:57 AM

Thanks for posting this, we all need to support our troops.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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