Welcome Red Fridays
By Greg Quinn
July 24th, 2008
We recently had our United States Independence Day holiday.
This day signifies one of the most important events in history, that goes well
beyond fireworks and hot dogs. But that is another article. Today, I
want to share with you something that I received that is truly a great story.
This was sent to me by a friend of Chris Allen in Salt Lake City, who
apparently witnessed this event. As in the case of many emails I receive,
I take the story's truthfulness with a grain of salt - still, regardless of how
true the story may be or who witnessed it, it is still a great story.
As a Company, Southwest Airlines and
is going to support 'Red Fridays.'
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 thru 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 service men 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.
There is an internet movement for Red Fridays. Each
Friday, many people will be wearing red. Why? For normal Americans
who support our troops to be no longer silent, as we were once called the
"Silent Majority", but to verbalize simply through the wearing of red
that we are in support of our troops. People in record breaking numbers
are supporting their love of God, of country, and of appreciation for the
sacrifice of our soldiers. So, along with the internet movement, I ask
that each of the Gunblast.com readers wear red on Friday, if possible, in
support of our troops.
Many years ago, some true patriots risked life, future,
branding as a traitor, and prosperity for them and their families to make a
declaration that would form the greatest nation in the history of mankind.
Today, we hold tribute to their accomplishment by holding dear the truths for
which they stood. The value of liberty. The importance of "one
nation under God". Freedoms that most take for granted.
And even some freedoms that some would gladly take away from us today (such
as Obama and others wanting to take away our right to keep and bear arms).
But, as you say a prayer to God of thankfulness for our freedoms, don't forget
the men and women who have died, and are currently risking death, to keep us