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Subject: Will You Give This to My Daddy??

Intercessors....I have witnessed this same type of public display a couple of times in airports as I older "former" solider going up to a young enlisted man and shaking his hand; a woman who is like a mom/grandma giving a maternal hug....I have bought several sandwiches at the gate and slipped a twenty in the palm of a soldier with a note of thanks and use it in anyway to make their trip more comfortable....and I let them always know that you and I are praying for them and their safe return home....the email below comes from a friend who has family that works at Southwest Airlines, based in Dallas... As a Company, Southwest Airlines is going to support "Red Fridays."

Will you give this to my Daddy?

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's, 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 male 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
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
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

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.

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Mar 6 @ 12:59AM  
You should've warned us we'd need a hankie for this one Gry. Count me in on the Red Fridays. I'll wear red proudly for our troops. A kudo for you my friend.

Mar 6 @ 2:38AM  
There are really people like this. Not long before he left for Iraq, I was at dinner with a soldier (he was in his uniform) and we had many people stop and thank him over and over again. We were trying to talk and enjoy dinner and it was a little annoying but he was so gracious about it. Later, I realized it was me being an ass. Having grown up in a military family, I just take it as a given.

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