Will you give this to my Daddy?

22 Apr
> Will
> you give this to my Daddy?
> 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=2 0girl, 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 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 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.
>  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 over-bearing.. We get
> no liberal media coverage on TV, to reflect our message or
> our opinions. 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, co-workers, 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.
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