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"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."

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I know I will be wearing red every Friday. Will you?
 

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:tbh_flag: :tbh_flag: :tbh_flag: :tbh_flag: :tbh_flag: :tbh_flag: :tbh_flag: :tbh_flag: Jared have I told you latley how much we love that flag :tbh_flag: :tbh_flag: :tbh_flag: :tbh_flag: :tbh_flag: :tbh_flag: :tbh_flag: :tbh_flag: :tbh_flag:
 

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Red it is. :tbh_flag:
 

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Red it is!!!!
 

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Great story, Jared. I'll have red on tommorrow. I would also appreciate if you would e-mail that to me. I want to pass it around some.
 
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Awesome story Jared. do you mind if I email that out to my friends and family? I will put some red on myself tomorrow.

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That is toooo cool :tbh_flag: we got a red friday email earlier in the week my whole family will be wearing red tomorrow
 

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I emailed it to you Drew and Rich. :D

Email away Keith. I recieved it the same way. Pass it on to whoever ya wish. :thumbup01:
 

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I was just now able to read this post and that touched me deeply. Some of you know I'm vetarn of Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, I was in the Air Force and never really got go over there to my do part there. I was here in the States doing my part making sure my friends were able to fly there and return home safely on the Jet that I was responsible for repairing. I have a friend that I just recently got back in touch with, who I just found out that he is leaving for Iraq later this year. I have seen too many families with one or both of their parents deployed for months at a time. Let me tell you those children a strong and very proud of their Parent/Parents. This Country has given us alot, and the sacrifices those men and women do to free another country to give them the same freedoms as we have, Ill stand by them and support them till the job is done. :tbh_flag:
 

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I thank the Stars every day for our Vets , Men and Women alike ....
and you can bet that every Friday I wear some Red ....

Thank You to all the Men and Women of our Armed Forces .... and Fighting for our freedoms

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