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Wear Red on Fridays, if you support our Troops, if you Value your freedoms..

http://www.bmaconline.org/index.cfm/redfriday.html

http://wearredonfridays.blogspot.com/

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Heres an email I got:

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 th e 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 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 a far, 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 wi ll 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.
 

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Nice post. When I first started to read it, I thought "Wait a second here, this is familiar". Then I realized it was similar in some respects to a letter a good friend of mine wrote a year or so ago. http://tinyurl.com/5m4j7b
yea, the story/email has gone around, but the Red Fridays is real, check the links, when I got the email, I checked it out...
There are some flaws in the email/letter I posted.. like a (enlisted) Marine isnt going to escort a fallen "Soldier" (Army) back home, Im sure thats done by Officers of the same branch. The gesture is still there :cool:
 

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I did not mean to imply (in case I did) that the Red Friday's was not real. I was only pointing out that the experience was similar. I am not questioning the authenticity of the email, as I am sure many have had similar experiences. I know the letter my friend sent to the paper was genuine as he called me to talk about it before he wrote the letter since he knew that I had been the escort on one occasion. Not to digress too far from the topic, I will say that being an escort was the most unpleasant assignment I ever had in 20 years of service, and at the same time, the most rewarding.
 

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I did not mean to imply (in case I did) that the Red Friday's was not real. I was only pointing out that the experience was similar. I am not questioning the authenticity of the email, as I am sure many have had similar experiences. I know the letter my friend sent to the paper was genuine as he called me to talk about it before he wrote the letter since he knew that I had been the escort on one occasion. Not to digress too far from the topic, I will say that being an escort was the most unpleasant assignment I ever had in 20 years of service, and at the same time, the most rewarding.
oh no, you didnt, and I didnt take it that, lol but your right, its been around for awhile that I know of..
Thankx for your service :cool:
 

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oh no, you didnt, and I didnt take it that, lol but your right, its been around for awhile that I know of..
Thankx for your service :cool:
Thanks! and if we should meet face-to-face at some point, I will tell you about the experience. One of those things hard to put into words (at least in a forum) and best discussed over a beer or two, or three. To this day I do not like talking about it, but will if I think it will have an impact.

Red Dawn - one of the best movies ever IMO. Truly I think that is what would happen if this country were invaded (god forbid!)
 

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I heard there was an updated / remake version of Red Dawn coming out in theaters. Anyone else hear that?
 

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I heard there was an updated / remake version of Red Dawn coming out in theaters. Anyone else hear that?
I had heard that, but don't know anything about it, if it's real, etc. Could be neat if they don't fuck it up.
 

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I had heard that, but don't know anything about it, if it's real, etc. Could be neat if they don't fuck it up.
This is moving off-topic, but it is supposed to come out in 2010. Hollywood has no more imagination. All they can do is come out with remakes of good movies, and I can not think of one that was as good as the original.
 
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