Red Fridays

After reading this email my daughter received I have decided that I, too will wear RED every Friday! Please read on to see why.

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.

Soon you will see a gread many of people wearing red on Fridays. 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 simply want to show solidarity and support for our troops. Our idea of showing this support with dignity and respect will begin this Friday and continue each and every Friday until our troops all come home.

One of the first things a soldier says when asked, “What can we do to make things better for you?”, is .. “We need your support and your prayers.”

So, let’s get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example, and
wear something red every Friday.



I want to personally thank my sweet friend, Theresa, for serving our country! And also, Vanessa has a son who is serving so bravely. Please know that I will be wearing RED for you guys! I have a great many friends serving in the military right now and I’ll be wearing Red for them, too.

3 Comments on “Red Fridays

  1. This is such a nice idea. My cousin is serving and a friend in the reserves just got called up. Red is the least we can do.

  2. rebecca, thank you so much. words cannot express how happy i am that my son is home safely, and how much my heart aches for the family of the fallen marine.

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