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Maristar210
09-25-2007, 10:54 AM
Will you give this to my Daddy?

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.



We are not organized, boisterous or over-bearing. We get no liberal media coverage on TV, to reflect our message or our opinions. 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 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 every Friday.

IF YOU AGREE -- THEN SEND THIS ON.

IF YOU COULD CARE LESS THEN HIT THE DELETE BUTTON --- IT IS YOUR CHOICE.

WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE, ONLY BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE.
THEIR BLOOD RUNS RED---- SO WEAR RED! --- MAY GOD HELP AMERICA TO BECOME ONE NATION, UNDER GOD.

HAVE A GREAT DAY.

X2M
09-25-2007, 11:14 AM
Thank you for posting this 210.

fintek9
09-25-2007, 11:25 AM
Very cool Steve!

trickskier
09-25-2007, 11:26 AM
Great Story Steve, Thanks for posting................:D

RexDog1
09-25-2007, 11:34 AM
Thanks Steve.............................

Maristar210
09-25-2007, 12:12 PM
Thanks guys. Guess its time to go buy a red speedo huh?

trickskier
09-25-2007, 12:21 PM
Thanks guys. Guess its time to go buy a red speedo huh?
Pics at 11???

MYMC
09-25-2007, 12:22 PM
I wonder if Southwest will support "Red Fridays" if a 20 something female has red on an outfit they deem inappropriate? Maybe they’ll just cover her in a red blanket or towel…

Steve, you better leave the Speedo at home.

Upper Michigan Prostar190
09-25-2007, 12:25 PM
I wonder if Southwest will support "Red Fridays" if a 20 something female has red on an outfit they deem inappropriate? Maybe they’ll just cover her in a red blanket or towel…

Steve, you better leave the Speedo at home.

I didnt know red speedos counted.......

MYMC
09-25-2007, 12:44 PM
I didnt know red speedos counted.......
True I shouldn't assume.

milkmania
09-25-2007, 12:45 PM
Steve,

Thanks for the post:)


http://www.cafepress.com/redfridaygear

TMCNo1
09-25-2007, 01:27 PM
Great post Steve, thank you!

Roonie's
09-25-2007, 01:48 PM
It reminds me of this. This is a picture of an ice sculpture. I think it is really cool.

http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k2/Roonies_2006/image001.gif

lake
09-25-2007, 02:58 PM
Awesome message. I was on a Delta flight last week going into Atlanta. We were coming into the gate and the stewardess announced we had a soldier on board. She asked that we let him off the plane first and we all clapped for him. I was surprised she did this but it was great. He go loud rounds of applause until he was off the plane. The poor guy was pretty young and you could tell he was pretty shy and embarassed by the whole thing. He wanted off the plane so bad that the stewardess had to stop him since the jetbridge wasnt connected yet. I thought it was great that an employee took the initiative to do this, much less have a corporation actually endorse it. Good stuff!

6ballsisall
09-30-2007, 02:36 PM
I wore a red shirt this past Friday. Did anyone else??

Maristar210
09-30-2007, 02:51 PM
I did as well Jeff:cool:

tex
09-30-2007, 03:45 PM
I put one on Saturday morning and it reminded me that I should have put it on Friday. I was pissed at myself!

Footin
09-30-2007, 04:17 PM
Very cool......

Jerseydave
09-30-2007, 04:46 PM
MYMC, I need something red to "wear" around myself on fridays...........can I borrow your car? :)

MYMC
10-01-2007, 10:50 AM
MYMC, I need something red to "wear" around myself on fridays...........can I borrow your car? :)
Not my car...we'll have to ask Maeghan:rolleyes:

Upper Michigan Prostar190
10-01-2007, 10:51 AM
I wore a red shirt this past Friday. Did anyone else??
Yep, I did too.

Upper Michigan Prostar190
10-01-2007, 10:53 AM
I put one on Saturday morning and it reminded me that I should have put it on Friday. I was pissed at myself!
well, we cant expect too much from you short bus riders. 8p ;) YOu just keep doing your best sunshine!:D

tex
10-01-2007, 10:55 AM
Thanks for the encouragement!

Upper Michigan Prostar190
10-01-2007, 11:09 AM
Thanks for the encouragement!
as Lakey says, "I do what I can to help out." :D :D

bigmac
10-01-2007, 11:25 AM
Heartwarming story that's been making the rounds on the internet since about June of 2006. It's suspicious as being a work of fiction, as there are both Australian and Canadian versions in addition to the American version.

6ballsisall
10-05-2007, 09:45 AM
Who's wearing their red shirt today???????????;)

milkmania
10-05-2007, 09:46 AM
Who's wearing their red shirt today???????????;)

I've got on my RED MC shirt that I got from Eric at Chicago MasterCraft:banana:


Thanks ERK!

tex
10-05-2007, 09:58 AM
I will throw on my red MC retro jump shirt!

milkmania
10-05-2007, 04:16 PM
---------------------> it's still Friday:banana:

tex
10-05-2007, 06:16 PM
I got mine on!!!!! I look very sexy for a good cause!

ProTour X9
10-05-2007, 06:32 PM
I'll remember that for next Friday, today I had to wear the school colors though..........