Red Fridays



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.
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.
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.

The mum at this point was crying almost uncontrollably and as the young soldier stood to his feet he saluted Courtney and her mum.
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:


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jarrod248 said:
Not again, then soon it will be Christmas.
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.
jarrod248 said:
Not again, then soon it will be Christmas.
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

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