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  • Red Shirt......please read......

    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 traveli ng 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 (ac ross 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 fol lowing 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 vo icing our love for God, country and home in record breaking number s. 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 American's 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, 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 mo re 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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    Support is 100% given.

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    • #3
      Nice story, but I'll call BS and say urban legend. Sgts don't deliver death notifications, nor do they carry folded flags around with them.

      Google "military escorts for human remains."

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      • #4
        Originally posted by just joe View Post
        Nice story, but I'll call BS and say urban legend. Sgts don't deliver death notifications, nor do they carry folded flags around with them.

        Google "military escorts for human remains."
        Yeah - started in Canada, by the way. Looks like a newly embellished version of the original

        http://www.snopes.com/politics/war/redfriday.asp

        The flag is presented at the funeral, after it is removed from the casket.
        Molly Weasley makes Chuck Norris eat his vegetables.

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        • #5
          As soon as I saw the s paces in so me of the text, I knew it was a mass e-mail and hence most likely b.s.
          NOTHING wrong at all in supporting the troops but not thru a mass e-mail.
          I got nothing for now

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          • #6
            Great story, I didn't think it was true though.

            Would a Marine refer to a fellow Marine as a soldier? It seems as though "soldier" is reserved for those of the Army. Right or wrong?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Columbus View Post
              Great story, I didn't think it was true though.

              Would a Marine refer to a fellow Marine as a soldier? It seems as though "soldier" is reserved for those of the Army. Right or wrong?
              Correct, Marines are Marines, Army is Soldiers.

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              • #8
                No, but there is a tiny truth to it. On Fridays, out front of our local VA hospital, a group of 14 or so of us( many of them Veterans themselves) stand out in front, proudly wearing our red shirts, holding support our troops signs and waving our flags that so many have died to protect. Not sure if the red shirt movement is nationwide, but around here, it's gathering a bit of steam. It's good to hear and see that the majority of people in our area are supportive.
                "Oh, you hate your job? Why didn't you say so? There's a support group
                for that. It's called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar." --Drew Carey

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                • #9
                  I can't remember every friday to wear a red shirt

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