Thursday, April 7, 2011

Red Friday's....

Well this is a different post today not so crafty but one that I feel very passionate about, so I thought I'd share with you an article my oldest son had posted on his facebook page just recently.  As some of you may know my oldest son is serving our country as an active duty member of the USAF. What most of you probably don't know is that he is 3rd generation USAF, his father and both grandfather's served too. Each time I see a service man/women I try to let them know that I appreciated their service. I am very proud and thankful for my son's service and the service of all the sons and daughters both here at home and away because its their service and sacrifice that helps to keep America free!!!!
This picture is of my oldest son with his daughter and me when he was stationed in Florida. He is currently stationed at Hill AFB in Utah and my granddaughter who was 1 in this picture will be turning 8 this May.

Red Friday's

"Hey everyone I know this is article is long, but it was definitely worth sharing. I have experienced some form of this kindness personally when I returned from my deployment."---Philip Sanders 3/26/11

"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 acts of patriotism I have ever seen.
Moving through the terminal was a group of soldiers in their camos. 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, who 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 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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.


As this article says it is your choice but as a proud & thankful mom, wife and daughter of US servicemen; I'd really appreciate it if you at least think about wearing red on Friday's, I know I will be.

Thank you Philip for all you do to help keep this country safe and protected!!!

Thanks for stopping by.

God Bless you, our troops and the USA!!!!


1 comment:

  1. Hi Vickie!
    BOY!! What a post! I had myself a long cry! I, myself have not been personally touched by the feeling of a loved one being far away from home with the military & what it means. I still do, however, have a very strong opinion. I LOVE THIS COUNTRY AND ANYONE WHO STANDS UP FOR HER! I would like to Thank your son for his sacrifices for us. I know how hard it must be to be away from his loved ones and that sweet little girl. I've never been fond of wearing red, but you can be sure I will be wearing red EVERY Friday!
    I found you on Robyn's MPS April Hop Challenge & I have just become your newest Follower! I will be checking back soon to see what else you create! Your work is beautiful. If you find the time, you can stop on over at my blog sometime. Thank YOU for sharing your son with us.
    God Bless and Hugs from R.I.,