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Old 07-25-2006, 06:44 PM   #1
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> The daughter of a Soldier
> 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 act's of patriotism I have ever seen.
> Moving thru the terminal was a group of soldiers in their camo's, 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 she asked him if he would give something to her daddy
> for her. The young soldier, he 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 daughters 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 unfolded. As
> the soldiers began to leave, heading towards their gate, people resumed
> their applause. As I stood there applauding and looked around, their
> 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 Friday
> Just keeping you "in the loop" so you'll know what's going on in case
> this takes off.
> 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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Old 07-25-2006, 06:51 PM   #2
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I know that many people do this in Springfield, led by ksgf radio.
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Old 07-25-2006, 07:28 PM   #3
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I have my variety for Friday...in RED.

I got a darling TShirt from QVC from Quacker Factory....very patriotic line.

And, I have a red leather jacket.....for cooler days when I go out.......

When did we start doing this? I wasnt doing this when my son was in Iraq...but shortly thereafter...early 2005.

I even have Birkenstocks with red white and blue sock lining....the Birkies are blue.

I could go on forever here with my patriotic sweaters and stuff...I got carried away in 2004.

I even had my ring finger fingernails airbrushed with a teeny flag, on 4th of July...........

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Old 07-25-2006, 09:26 PM   #4
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Thanks for the post! Red Friday has been going on in
Texas for quite some time! I think the idea is awesome!
Plenty of red, white & blue in my closet & jewelry box,
plus red or navy shoes! Same for DH! We're ready for Red Friday!
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Old 07-26-2006, 04:47 PM   #5
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Old 07-27-2006, 09:56 PM   #6
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Engel: That was a fantastic story. Wish I could have been there to see it.

About a month ago I was in line at the post office to pick up some stamps. There was a young lady, obiviously pregnant in front of me. She was holding a large package addressed to Sgt someone with an APO address in large back letters and X's, O's and "I Love You's" all over the outside. The APO meant he was overseas. I ask her, "Where's your Sergeant at young lady" and she said, "Iraq but he can't tell me exactly where."

The lady then stepped up to the counter and had her package weighed. The clerk told her it would be $23.50. I stepped up behind her and handed the clerk my credit card. I told the clerk to "Put the package on this and give me 2 rolls of $.39 stamps." The clerk smiled and took my card. The young lady told me "You don't have to do that, I don't even know your name." I told her my name was Mike but that wasn't important. It was just my small way of telling her husband thank you and thanking her for giving up so much. I signed my charge slip, took my stamps and as I was leaving heard the clerk tell the young lady, "No matter what you hear on the news, there's a lot of people out there like him."

It was strictly an impulse on my part but it made me realize how all of us can do little things to show our troops and their loved ones how much we support them. I hope it made the young lady and her husband feel good. I know it did me.

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Old 07-28-2006, 07:56 AM   #7
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Mike, what a kind and neat thing to do. I'm sure it made the day for that lady, and I'm sure her service man will be hearing about it from her too.
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Old 07-28-2006, 07:31 PM   #8
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You did such a great thing, I have to Thank you. It may not seem much to some people, but to take the impluse to do that for that lady. My hat off to you.............Glad to see there are such NICE People out there.
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Old 07-28-2006, 08:24 PM   #9
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And, my Mike the First Sarge, tells of some very very wonderful stories that he lived, on his trips back and forth to Iraq.

He loved the Grandmother's at the DFW airport...they gave him hugs and kisses and COOKIES.

In Maine, he got to use a cell phone for free and had coffee and donuts...the VFW, waited for returning service members....and gave them some treats.

In Shannon Ireland, they were met with bagpipes...played by Americans living in Ireland.

And, then there were the good ol boys like you..who just made their day, over and over for various reasons.................like the guy that gave up his First Class seat on American Airlines, between DFW and Tucson.

He said he would have let a younger soldier have that thrill...but he was the only soldier on the plane.......and everyone applauded.........he said his Iraq sunburn...just got redder.


Thanks................from a Soldier's Mother and a soldier's Grandmother, for your kindness.
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You are to be commended for what you did.
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