Informative, and General Reading
Sea of Red
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 do.
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 afar, will wear
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, certainl y more than the
media lets on.
The first thing a soldier says when asked
"What can we do to make things better for you?"
"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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