Thursday, October 13, 2011

Blue Fridays

This is being passed along to you from my sister, who is now retired from the US Air Force where she served in the first and second gulf war as well as many other campaigns that few of us know about.

National Picture of the Year:

First Place:

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.' 

Second Place:
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'. 

And finally, A photo that is very hard to look at...
Blue Fridays. Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing blue 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 blue. By word of mouth, press, TV -- let's make the United States on every Friday a sea of blue 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 BLUE 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 blue every Friday.


That corgi :) said...

Those were touching stories/pictures, Stew. We do need to support our troops and their families indeed! Good movement with the blue Fridays. I also suggest to those who are so inclined to adopt a soldier; I wrote to two soldiers through Soldier Angels, wrote them weekly, just silly letters, but "they" (whoever they are) say it is a good morale boost to have your name shouted out during mail call when deployed. Didn't know either, got assigned them. Sent them weekly letters and monthly care packages (need to sign up again to do so, now that I think about it; both got back from their deployment safe and sound). Also, our former church (we moved) would have food drives and take the food to the local military base to distribute (I find it terrible military are not paid more than they are and live so close to poverty level). Anyway, my point is, wear blue, that is good support. But also actively support them as best one can.


AJ-OAKS said...

Superb post! Superb! I too will wear blue each Friday!

John Gray said...

well written and well given to us all, thank you