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
>Sergea
>nt 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 American's 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 love s 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.