Will you give this to my Daddy?
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> As a Company, Southwest Airlines is going to support ‘Red Fridays.’
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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 camies. As
> they began heading to their gate, everyone (well almost everyone) was
> abruptly to their feet wi th 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 c ountry 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 somet hing to her daddy
> for her.
>
> The young soldier, who didn’t look any older than maybe 22 himself,
> said he would tr y 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 to gether 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 a nd
> 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-blood ed American who supports our men and women afar will
> wear some thing red.
>
> By word of mouth, pr ess, 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 th ing 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.
>
> IF YOU AGREE — THEN SEND THIS ON.
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> IF YOU COULD CARE LESS T HEN HIT THE DELETE BUTTON — IT IS YOUR
> CHOICE. I don’t know if you’ve se en this, but I couldn’t delete it.
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> WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE, ONLY BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE.
> THEIR BLOOD RUNS RED—- SO WEAR RED! — MAY GOD HELP AMERICA TO
> BECOME ONE NATION, UNDER GOD
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