Pride

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by AwShucks, Nov 30, 2007.

  1. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    I got this too late to wear red today, but I bet I will from now on.

    Subject: SLEEP BESIDE HIM ONE LAST TIME

    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.

    signed: Stuart Margel -- Washington, D.C.


    Todd Heisler The Rocky Mountain News
    When 2nd Lt. James Cathey's body arrived at the Reno Airport, Marines climbed into the cargo hold of the plane and draped the flag over his casket as passengers watched the family gather on the tarmac.
    During the arrival of another Marine's casket last year at Denver International Airport, Major Steve Beck described the scene as so powerful: "See the people in the windows? They sat right there in the plane, watching those Marines. You gotta wonder what's going through their minds, knowing that they're on the plane that brought him home," he said. "They will remember being on that plane for the rest of their lives. They're going to remember bringing that Marine home. And they should."


    Todd Heisler The Rocky Mountain News
    The night before the burial of her husband's body, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets below the flag Before she fell asleep, she opened her laptop computer and played songs that reminded her of 'Cat,' and one of the Marines asked if she wanted them to continue standing watch as she slept. "I think it would be kind of nice if you kept doing it," she said. "I think that's what he would have wanted." -

    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 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, 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.
     
  2. r ward

    r ward New Member

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    Thanks for the info I will wear red every Friday from now on
     

  3. gilmafam

    gilmafam Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for posting this AwShucks...... Might have to switch wearing a red shirt from monday to friday.......

    bayrunner ray
     
  4. Ketch

    Ketch New Member

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    I think I need to buy a red shirt. Thanks for sharing that touching post.
     
  5. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    Thanks for the great post!
     
  6. splitshot

    splitshot New Member

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    Great post Lawrence, thanks for sharing!!
     
  7. Ulikedew

    Ulikedew New Member

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    Will not have a problem wearing red on fridays will buy the kiddos some red shirts also.
     
  8. ozzy

    ozzy New Member

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    I wear a red hat everyday. I have many hats but this one is my favorite. Its a BPS weathered hat.
     
  9. Angelkitty

    Angelkitty New Member

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    Here are the two photos of the story. Thanks for sharing awShucks.
    1. Is the one of the Airplane.

    2. is the one of the wife sleeping beside her Husband one last time
     

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  10. JimmyJonny

    JimmyJonny Well-Known Member

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    I happened to have worn red today and will continue to do so. Thanks a lot for putting this post up.

    -Jim-
     
  11. zappaf19

    zappaf19 New Member

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    If that does not bring tears to your eyes nothing will.
    Bill
     
  12. SHARON FLEMING

    SHARON FLEMING New Member

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    That is the most heart breaking picture I have ever seen. God Bless all of our service people and their families.
    Thanks for posting
     
  13. arkrivercatman

    arkrivercatman New Member

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    Thank you for posting that and thank you to all the men and women who serve.