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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-20-2009, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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Email I got today -- Red Friday-- if it's a repost, tough

Red Shirt Friday

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

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 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.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-21-2009, 07:16 AM
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Aren't Red Shirt guys always the first ones to die?

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Aren't Red Shirt guys always the first ones to die?
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-22-2009, 10:52 AM
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We've been observing red shirt Friday for close to 2 years now, and plan on it indefinitely!!

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