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Lets Start this Thank you!!!

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  1. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker New Member

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    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.

    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 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 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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    klyph Dismember VIP

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    Is maroon ok?
     
  3. BigJ

    BigJ I'm just about that action Boss. VIP

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    I'll be in red tomorrow.
     
  4. ThatGuy4life

    ThatGuy4life The Riced Sleeper

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    I wish there were a lot more people like you out there, when I was on active duty most of the people we came into contact with were the ones who felt we needed to be killed for doing what we did.
     
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    i'll sport the flag day outfit :)
     
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    Trinity <font color=#FF909B><b>I go back like Aqua Net.</b

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    Fuck No B.
    Good cause or not. FUCK NO.
     
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    allbottledup Senior Member

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    Wow I thought everybody stopped caring about us a long time ago. Thanks nightstalker
     
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    Any time if you need some info or you have Qs about veterans benefits feel free to pm me your # and ill call you back that goes to anyone here!!!!!
    By the way im in Full RED scrubs today!!!!!
     
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    Black Widow g2 *princess*

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    I'm in my red jammies right now. Today I will wear a red flower in my hair since I have to wear a 'uniform' for work... will that suffice? I will also tell our customers about this.
     
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    yes that would be awsome and thank you for passing the word out the only thing that us soldiers look forward to is comming home alive to open arms "all gave some and some gave all" . I my self was there in IRAQ and trust me is no joke we lost several good soldiers in the camp where i was at and when you are there everyone regardless of sex, color, race, religion etc etc we all became one big family and even tho you dont know the person next to you his life is in your hands and yours in his or hers. is hard for me because im proud to be an american and everyday a soldier dies is like a brother or sister dying. thank you again for supporting this tread please keep it going!!!!!

    SSG Lopez
    3rd Army Div IRAQ
    Flight Nurse Blackhawks
     
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