The Red Shirt Day - A MUST READ!

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  1. bnewsom71

    bnewsom71 New Member

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    I received this email today and thought the best chance of getting the word out to people that will actually read and support this would be to post this for all of my Catfish1 brothers and sisters. So please, read this and at least be aware and think about our fellow Americans on Red Shirt Friday.




    Red Shirt

    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 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.

    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 major ity 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 a far, 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. ryang

    ryang Well-Known Member

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    There is a movie about this called Taking Chance that is due to be out in April I think. It has been on HBO and stars Kevin Bacon as an Officer that asks to take this guy that was killed in Iraq back to his home town. Here is the site for it, the previews alone get me teary eyed

    http://www.hbo.com/films/takingchance/
     

  3. olefin

    olefin New Member

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    Thanks Brian!


    Gary, wife and I watched 'Taking Chance' Wednesday night. It does bring the tears or did for me. Excellent movie! I'm usually no fan of HBO made movies but this one is EXCELLENT!
     
  4. CuzICan

    CuzICan New Member

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    yes I am getting the screener of Taking Chance this weekend and I'll put it in Cheryl's thread on Movie Reviews this week and tell ya what I think. I've been trying to get to it all week, so maybe this weekend. I don't know if it's good or not, think Kevin Bacon stars in it, based on real life events. A volunteer escort soldier accompanies the body of 19-year-old Marine Chance Phelps back to his hometown of Dubois, Wyoming.

    Can't wait to see that.
     
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    CuzICan New Member

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    CuzICan New Member

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    well I guess more than a double post :/
     
  7. CuzICan

    CuzICan New Member

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    double post sorry...
     
  8. CuzICan

    CuzICan New Member

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    http://www.catfish1.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1379267#post1379267

    I just finished watching this a few minutes ago, and this is what I personally thought of this movie. I could not help but have to shed a few tears over this film. Well worth the watch in my opinion.

    I'll have to start wearing red on Friday now, as I had not been aware of that, to show my support of our troops...Thanks for letting us know.
     
  9. Jollymon

    Jollymon Well-Known Member

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    sounds like a great thing to due to show our support ,need to go change shirts now