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
had 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
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
'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.
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 overbearing..
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, coworkers, 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
prayers and your support.'
Let's get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by
example, and wear something red every Friday.
Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for
Jesus Christ and the American Soldier.
Jesus died for your soul; the soldier for your freedom.
|Here is a great link about
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
May we never forget our heroes, both fallen and still alive.
Always keep them in your heart.