GYRO DISTRICT III
Wear Red Every Friday
Last week, while traveling on Canadian business, I noticed a
soldier traveling with a folded flag, but did not put two-and-two
together. After we boarded our flight, I turned to the soldier, 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
No. I'm escorting a soldier home.
to pick him up?
No. He is with me right now. He was killed
in Afghanistan. I'm taking him home to his family.
realization of what he had been asked to do hit me like a punch to the
gut. It was an honour 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
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 Canada 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 honour of having Sergeant Steeley of the Canadian Armed
Forces 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
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 a Canadian.
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? Canadians 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.
Canadians, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to recognize
that the vast majority of Canada 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
Canadian who supports our men and women afar, will wear something red. It
could be just a small red ribbon. By word of mouth, press, TV --
let's make Canada, 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 Canadians will be 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.
first thing a soldier says when asked "What can we do to make things
better for you?" is ... "We need your support and your
Let's get the word out and lead with class and
dignity, by example, and wear something red every Friday.
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