Red Shirts

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  1. buff81

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    I received this today. Thought it might be of interest to the readers on the SAF.

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    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 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 a far, 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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  2. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    If you really want to feel the impact of a service member returning home I highly recommend you track down the show 'Taking Chance' with Kevin Bacon. It aired on HBO initially back in February.

    I'm not quite sure where you can find it now, but it is based on a real story and good luck getting through it.
     
  3. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Or become a CACO....and continue to pray you never have to do anything.
     
  4. Pima

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    I too would suggest tracking down that movie, it was done beautifully. If you had not seen the movie, one thing about it is you see how it changes him during the trip across the nation, especially since he did not know the soldier he was escorting.
     
  5. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Soldier or Marine?
     
  6. Pima

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    Gee, I don't remember, but I believe that Bacon wore a Marine uniform in the movie, and started the trip from Quantico, so I am guessing Marine.
     
  7. WAMom68

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    If you have Netflix you can get it there. I agree with kp2001...get the box of tissues before you sit down to watch.
     
  8. sprog

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    The serviceman killed in Iraq that was featured in "Taking Chance" was PFC (with posthumous promotion to Lance Corporal) Chance Phelps, USMC.
     

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