Red Friday- Myth or Truth?

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  1. Being out here in the hot place, we are not upto speed what is happening the UK. Wifey got said email, true or myth? I hope the Red Friday bit is, but the blurb below reminded me of a Budweiser advert on Youtube which is doing the rounds?!?

    Subject: RED FRIDAY

    Last week I was in West London 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 through the terminal was a group of soldiers in their uniforms, 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 Briton 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 enjoy our 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 knelt down and said 'hi,' the little girl then asked him if he would give something to her daddy for her.
    The young soldier didn't look any older than maybe 22 himself, said he would try and what did she want to give to her daddy.
    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 daughters name was Courtney, told the young soldier that her husband was a Corporal and had been in Afghanistan for 5 months now.
    As the mum was explaining how much her daughter, Courtney, missed her father, the young soldier began to tear up.
    When this temporarily single mum 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 th is 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 mum at this point was crying almost uncontrollably and as the young soldier stood to his feet he saluted Courtney and her mum.

    I was standing no more than 6 feet away as this entire event unfolded.

    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.
    That young soldier in one last act of moment 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 Englishman.

    Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing RED every Friday.

    The reason?

    Englishmen and women w ho support our troops used to be called the 'silent majority'.

    We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for 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 English people, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of Britain 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 Briton who supports our men and women afar will wear something RED.
    By word of mouth, press, TV -- let's make Great Britain on every Friday a sea of RED much like a homecoming football team
    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 Britain 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 ma ke 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.



    Lest we Forget.
  2. recieved same email from someone at work, no idea about origin but just in case it isnt a sick wind up wearing a scarlet polo shirt for the night shift Thursday into Friday
  3. Such a mature response...........
  4. I got the email as well and am in work now with a red polo top on.

    Myth or not you never know it might catch on!
  5. Not again, this is utter utter b0llocks.

    see here

    ahd here

    and here
  6. Fair Enough.

    MOD's please kill.

  7. The story apparantly originated in the US.

    It may be schmaltzy rubbish and 'utter pish' to some of you. But so often we get 'civvy's are rubbish', 'civvy's have no idea', 'civvy's don't give a damn about us'......well what if some civvy's actually do give a damn, actually do care, actually do follow what is happening in various theatres? However schmaltzy and 'American' the story maybe, is there anything wrong with the sentiment and the wanting to have a statement to show support? Sometimes the quiet things - like the wearing of something red on one day of the week - are the things that have so much power.
  8. Yes, it will get you shot by the Crips.
  9. I've no idea if that story was true or not but I can tell you that just as the initial troops arrived in theatre for Gulf 1 we (1 RTR) flew into Calgary for medman 5 or 6 (can't remember which) and the civvies spontaneously stood and clapped and cheered us as we came off the plane into the terminal building.

    Never felt prouder or taller in my life!
  10. quality....
  11. Stacker - I guess if you are involved in gang warfare in Los Angeles then perhaps in might. IIRC it was the Crips themselves who wore the identifying colour.
  12. Or maybe make it a sticky so no-one posts it here again?
  13. No, if you want to do something then do it. If you want to support troops then get writing to your MP, ask them to hold the government to account for their actions, demand proper care for the injured and damaged blokes coming home. Simply jumping on a bandwagon to "show" you care is not enough, who are you "showing", do you want to walk down the street whilst people nudge each other and say "look at her, she's supporting the troops", while other people who happen to have worn a red jumper on a Friday are puzzled.

    My MP gets a torrent from me, but I don't demand any recognition for it.
  14. I absolutely agree. However if wearing something gets people asking questions then it has to be a good thing. The message can be spread in many, many ways.