Re: [CentralTexasGeocachers] Daffy71 Event - GC2HM79
- As on most days I will be wearing green on Friday. While the story as written may or may not be true, I am amazed buy the way I am treated every time I travel or am out in public in uniform. Even more impressive is a group of patriots in Bangor, Maine, who have been there to greet me and every other troop who has redeployed through that airport (and that is almost everyone). There is always a group there cheering, clapping, hugging, shaking hands, and offering cell phones to the troops (free, talk as long as you want) so they can call their families to let them know they are back on US soil.Here is a trailer for a documentary and their official website:As the story below says; "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. ". This is absolutely true. For most of us it is the little things that mean the most.jerry/jsargent----- Original Message -----From: Steve FiteSent: Thursday, November 18, 2010 12:02 PMSubject: RE: [CentralTexasGeocachers] Daffy71 Event - GC2HM79
Great story which I never get tired of reading. While it may be somewhat of an urban legend it SHOULD be true and it doesnt detract from our need to salute our troops and have empathy for their families. Thanks for forwarding. While I cant make the event on Friday I think that would be a great idea to all wear red to support one of our own.
From: CentralTexasGeocachers@yahoogroups.com [mailto:CentralTexasG firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of bigguy9211116
Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2010 9:22 AM
Subject: [CentralTexasGeocachers] Daffy71 Event - GC2HM79
I recieved this from a friend today. I don't normally like to send out forwarded stuff, but I was thinking about the event this Friday (GC2HM79) and it seemed appropriate.
I hope to see you there!
As a Company, Southwest Airlines 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 f or 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 spok e 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.
I am just thinking that one of our own (Travis) is leaving soon to serve for us. Why don't we all wear RED Friday at his send off event. And every Friday thereafter!
God Speed Daffy71, we love you!