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    Everyone Please Read this...

    Last week, while traveling to Chicagoon 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'd 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 few days. 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 Chicagothe pilot stopped short of the gate and made the following announcement over the intercom.


    ["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 militaryMen and Womenfor what you do so we can live the way we do .

    signed: Stuart Margel -- Washington , D.C.

    Todd Heisler The Rocky Mountain News
    When 2nd Lt. James Cathey's body arrived at the Reno Airport, Marines climbed into the cargo hold of the plane and draped the flag over his casket as passengers watched the family gather on the tarmac.


    During the arrival of another Marine's casket last year at Denver International Airport, Major Steve Beck described the scene as so powerful: "See the people in the windows? They sat right there in the plane, watching those Marines. You gotta wonder what's going through their minds, knowing that they're on the plane that brought him home," he said. "They will remember being on that plane for the rest of their lives. They're going to remember bringing that Marine home. And they should.
    Todd Heisler The Rocky Mountain News
    The night before the burial of her husband's body, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets below the flag. Before she fell asleep, she opened her laptop computer and played songs that reminded her of 'Cat,' and one of the Marines asked if she wanted them to continue standing watch as she slept. "I think it would be kind of nice if you kept doing it," she said. "I think that's what he would have wanted."

    PLEASE KEEP THIS GOING

    "No arsenal, no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women."

    -- Ronald Reagan

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    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. 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 support and your prayers." Let's get the word out
    and lead with class and dignity, by example, and wear
    something red every Friday.

    IF YOU AGREE -- THEN SEND THIS ON.

    IF YOU COULDN'T CARE LESS -- THEN HIT THE DELETE BUTTON.

    IT IS YOUR CHOICE.

    WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE, ONLY BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE!!


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    I have the greatest admiration for our soldiers. Good post.

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    My dad served three tours of duty in Vietnam as a B-52 pilot. I will never be as brave as he is. To this day, I admire him, and others like him, with all my heart.

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    Here are two pictures that go with that story. My son is on his second tour in Iraq and not a day goes by that this doesn't enter my head.
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    I have nothing but total admiration for our military. They are my heros.


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