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Will You Give This To My Daddy?

As a Company, Southwest Airlines is going to support "Red Fridays."

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, 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 m ale soldiers. He kneeled down and said "hi," the little girl then 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 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 ct 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.

IF YOU AGREE -- THEN SEND THIS ON ... IF YOU COULD CARE LESS THEN HIT THE DELETE BUTTON --- IT IS YOUR CHOICE.

WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE, ONLY BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE!!

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hotblueeyes

Oct 3 @ 1:11AM  
OMG that was so sweet. I am crying now. Because i was n the Navy and that story hit home with me. thank you
roger54

Oct 3 @ 12:49PM  
Sure beats being called 'baby killers' as many of us were in the '70s.
DeDe54

Oct 3 @ 12:51PM  
awesome blog hon....made me tear up. I'm so glad you posted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! kudos for you!!!!!! ty for sharing!
Ewe_Wish

Oct 3 @ 1:20PM  
Sure beats being called 'baby killers' as many of us were in the '70s
It's sad how our vets were treat coming home from vietnam, and Thank god our soldiers no longer are faced with that.

When my son was returning home from Iraq, they put him in first class because he was a soldier, the flight attendants gave him enough bottles of booze, he could have started his own bar, and passengers were going thru thier stuff to give him presents (it was christmas time when he was 19 yrs old) and when they were to get off the plane he was asked to walk thru the plane and the passengers stood and applauded him. He said he was never so embarrassed in his life and Never so proud to serve this wonderful country.


Thanks for posting this, I have read it many times before and I hope to read it many times again, We need to be reminded of what our soldiers, past, present, and future and thier families go thru. And we always need to thank them.

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