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Red Shirt Movement

By: Skylar Zwick
By: Skylar Zwick

If the "Red Shirt" movement is something new to you, then read on and post your comments below.

A loyal viewer sent this email to me today. I had never heard of the nationwide "Red Shirt" movement that is said to have been started by a man from Chicago. Sure, it may just be an email chain, but it has a meaning, a message that, despite its origins, got me thinking, so I am sharing it with all of you.

What do you think about the "Red Shirt" movement? Will you participate? Post your comments and ideas below.

Here's the story:

"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'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 Chicago the 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 military Men and  Women for what you do so we can live the way we  do.

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. 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 a far, will wear something red. It's about supporting our troops, independent of your view of the conflicts abroad."

What do you think about the "Red Shirt" movement? Will you participate? Post your comments and ideas below.

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