Proud to Wear Red on Fridays

Me & My Dad {when I was itty bitty 🙂 }

This is why I will wear red every Friday:

“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 through 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 girl, 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.

RED FRIDAYS —– 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.

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.

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. As a Company, Southwest Airlines is going to support ‘Red Fridays.’ “

Written by Sarah Barlow

One of my friends on Facebook sent this and it impacted me greatly.   My Dad was in the military.  He remembers coming back from overseas to American Citizens spitting on him and calling him names at the airport.  My heart breaks to think of such a thing happening in this nation.  Fortunately, by this story {written by Sarah Barlow} and many others, Americans are showing more support for the people who CHOOSE to risk their lives for our freedom.  I hope you will join me today and every Friday in doing this very simple actwear something red…to show our support.

Thank you for making a difference,


  1. My Dad also served in the military, both the Navy and the Air Force and he retired after 20 years of service. I am so proud that I grew up in a military family and have always been very patriotic as a result. He and my Mother taught me to appreciate our US Flag and our country and the importance of supporting our military family. My head is turned every time I see a serviceman in uniform and it always reminds me of when my Dad wore the Air Force uniform. I will send you one of his pictures, Shannon, you can post it also. I gladly wear red on Fridays to help support our troops. Love, Mom

  2. Sara Waters says

    I love this idea. I’m going to try to start implementing this in our family. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Something so simple can make a huge impact if we all do it together. 🙂

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