Red Fridays

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    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

    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

    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 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, including my own.

    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 great to be BRITISH.

    RED FRIDAYS = what is it?

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

    The reason?

    Britains who support our troops used to be called the 'silent

    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

    Many British 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 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.
  2. Purple_Flash

    Purple_Flash LE Moderator

    Nice sentiment.

    But based on a terminological inexactitude since it is a story that started in a land far, far away...

    Our soldiers would be made to change into civvies before moving through a UK civilian airport lest they upset the punters.
  3. Okay, I know I'm not even British. I'm a crappy Canuck Colonial, but this sounds supiciously like a beer commercial that Budweiser created about Septic troops.

    8O Again, sounds something more Amurican than Brit.

    Now, if this is the God's honest truth, I apologize. But, it really does look like some septic glurge that someone's changed the context to read "British".

    Also, a hand held radio, being able to make contact with a specific individual in the sandbox (from Heathrow) within minutes? I know there's some fancier stuff being used now than when I was in, but come on! :roll:
  4. Crap! Purple flash beat me to it!
  5. You're thinking 'The night before Christmas....' aren't you?

    Can we just stop with this sentimental chain-email twaddle please? No one is impressed or moved to tears by it.
  6. Purple_Flash

    Purple_Flash LE Moderator

    And you know what that means... soppy stories about Santa coming down the chimney and finding a genuine British ex-squaddie who gave everything for the 'Corps'... :x