By Mary Sayad

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  • Beloved Friends,

    The below letter was sent to me by an eyewitness and I wish to share it with all our readers. To the best of my knowledge. the story is true. I don't know who the author is but I am confident that he/she would want to share it with you.

    Subject: Red Friday

    Posted July 2006

    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 thru the terminal was a group of soldiers in their camo's. As they began heading to their gate, everyone (well almost everyone) stood abruptly to their feet with their hands waving and cheering. When I saw the approximate 30-40 soldiers 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 daily putting their lives on the line for us so we can go to school and work 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 knelt 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 22 himself, said he would try. He then asked her what she wanted to give to her daddy.

    Suddenly the little girl grabbed the neck of this soldier, gave him the biggest hug she could muster and 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. 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 finished 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 straight, he saluted Courtney and her mom. 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, their 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 Friday--Just keeping you "in the loop" so you'll know what's going on in case this takes off. 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 over-bearing. We get no liberal media coverage on TV, to reflect our message or our opinions. 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, co-workers, 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 COULD CARE LESS THEN HIT THE DELETE BUTTON --- IT IS YOUR CHOICE. WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE, ONLY BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE. THEIR BLOOD RUNS RED---- SO WEAR RED! --- MAY GOD HELP AMERICA TO BECOME ONE NATION, UNDER GOD.

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    Prayer For Those In Service

    O Eternal Father, we beseech Thee, watch over our beloved ones in the armed services of our Country.

    Do Thou recall how they were once reborn in the baptismal font as Thy children.....

    and how later they were confirmed as soldiers of /thy Son Jesus Christ.

    May they ever salute Him as their Commander-in-Chief and with Him march shoulder to /shoulder unto final victory.

    Give them such a strong faith that no human fear

    May ever cause them to betray their Baptismal Vows and Confirmation Pledge.

    O Mother Mary, thou who didst raise thy Son to be our Soldier, show thyself a Mother unto them now and forever. Amen

    Prayer taken from the Novena Manual by Father Stedman, Director of the Confraternity of the Precious Blood Monastery,

    5300 Fort Hamilton Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11219

    Kindly foster the habit of prayer for world peace. More than ever, the world situation is in dire need of these prayers. We must also remember our soldiers and their families and continue to support them with our hearts, prayers and by attending Mass. Thank you for your thoughtfulness.

    Your companion in prayer,

    Mary