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Red Shirt

Updated on November 11, 2008

Remembrance day

I would like to point out that this is an issue that has been around for a while but with it being Remembrance Day today I thought it was appropriate to share this with the world. This story is about a Canadian soldier but how many in the world can say that it could not be about one of their sons or daughters.

FOR ALL THAT DIED IN THE NAME OF DUTY FOR OUR FREEDOM

THANK YOU

Red Shirt 

If the red shirt thing is new to you, read below how it went for a man...

Last week, while traveling to Toronto on business, I noticed an army 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 Afganistan, 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 Toronto, 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 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 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 a Canadian.

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? 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.

Many Canadians, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of Canadians 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 Canadian who supports our men and women afar, will wear something red.

By word of mouth, press, TV -- let's make Canada on every Friday a sea of red much like a homecoming Hockey 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 Canada 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 -- leave me a comment.

IF YOU COULDN'T CARE LESS -- Glad you read this far

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Capt. Jairath thank you for your words

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Gp Capt I.Jairath.(Retd).71 yrs. India 

      9 years ago

      Your words are higly piognant with gratitude and respect which is rightfully desrved by the soldier. Every fellow countryman should show this solidarity to the cause esposed by you. It crosses all barriers or frontiers or boarders Infact it has no limitations. I personally stand by you.

      I.jairath.

      Gp Capt (Retd)

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Thanks for taking a look CGull. regards Zsuzsy

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      cgull8m 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Nice hub Zsuzsy, the soldiers deserve it. Well done. Cheers.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Compu-smart! Thank you. I wish everynoe of the warmongers would co-operate too. regards Zsuzsy

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      Compu-Smart 

      9 years ago from London UK

      Zsuzsy Bee, I have not heard of this before, but i have a very nice red shirt (Nicole Farhi) that would foot the bill perfectly!,, Unless the Chelsea football team (blues) happen to be playing in my area!, then i may just change do a quick change to my blue shirt! :D

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Thanks C.W. I'm of a mind that it really doesn't matter what country the soldiers are from they should have our support and our hope that they will be able to go home safe and sound. Red Shirts here we come

      Hope you're feeling better, regards Zsuzsy

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      Constant Walker 

      9 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Hi Zsuzsy. I've heard about Red Friday before - on HubPages. It was less than a year ago, and I'm not Canadian but I wore a red shirt to show my support.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Michelle! Glad you came by for a visit and thanks for the support!

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Zsuzsy, my heart is warmed by this hub. What a beautiful way of letting those who have served their country that they are remembered, loved and supported. :) You can count me in!

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Dottie! I just ran into town to get groceries and I came accross three people I knew who were wearing red. I stopped and talked to them about it and all of them knew about Friday being wear red day. It makes me glad to be apart of this. Here is hoping that every soldier from now on gets home safe and sound... where ever home may be

      Thanks Dottie and take care kindest regards Zsuzsy

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      RGraf! Thanks for taking a look.

      kind regards Zsuzsy

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      Dottie1 

      9 years ago from MA, USA

      Hey Zsuzsy....I am just coming around to check comments while sitting here in my jammies.  It is Friday and I should be getting dressed for it is afternoon.  I think I will go find something "Red" to wear.  Thanks for helping me get dressed today! LOL

      (p.s...hmmmm, i'm wondering if I have any "Red" pj's.)

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      Rebecca Graf 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      Another good hub!

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      That's awesome Patty thank you so much!

      regards Zsuzsy

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Many of my martial arts students and instructors have served in Viet Nam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan, and the War in Iraq. My ancestors served in the French and Indian War, the American Civil War, and World War II. Many of all these were wounded, some died in battle.

      I will wear Red on Fridays with you.

      To all Who defend our lives and countries -- Salute! (**) \

      Patty

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Dottie! Thanks for coming by and commenting.

      regards Zsuzsy

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      GwendyMom! Thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Dottie1 

      9 years ago from MA, USA

      The red shirt thing is new to me but I like this idea very much and I enjoyed reading this in remembrance of soldiers everywhere.

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      gwendymom 

      9 years ago from Oklahoma

      Zsuzy, great hub with an inspirational message. I will try to start wearing red on Fridays, for every soldier.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Thanks Sweetie Pie! You know as far as I'm concerned it really doesn't matter where a soldier came from, his or her Mom hurts just as much where-ever the news was delivered to.

      Thanks for your kind comment.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      SweetiePie 

      9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Glad you have taken the time to commemorate fallen soldiers on Remembrance Day. It is Veteran's Day here in the US, so I can appreciate your sentiments, even if I am not Canadian.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      msms! Thank you! I have however not written this piece it was sent to me by my daughter who received it from her friend whose brother is "Peace-keeping" in Afhganistan right now.

      Thank you for taking a look regards Zsuzsy

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Sally! Yes this belongs to every country who has ever lost a soldier in the name of duty.

      Thanks for remembering those we lost

      regards Zsuzsy

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      msms 

      9 years ago

      Zsuzsy Bee, Though I am an Indian living on the other side of Globe from Canada but I respect and salute the  soldiers and their sacrifices. You wrote a very passionate Hub I am with you in Red Shirt on Friday. Count me standing with you!

      Best regards

      Mahendra Singh

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile imageAUTHOR

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Storytellersrus! To send cards and notes is a great idea. Thanks for taking a look. There are a lot of these e-mails floating around the internet. I'm hoping this hub will be able to reach a lot of people. Not just here in Canada but world wide.

      Thanks for taking a look regards Zsuzsy

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      Sherri 

      9 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Thank you so much ZsuZsy. This story belongs to all, regardless of nationality. Each time I wear red, I will remember these words.

      Sally

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      Barbara 

      9 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Zutsy, I'm not Canadian but I support your ideal. Yesterday my daughter and I visited a foot doc, as she dances and had an injured foot. Turns out the doctor's son is in Iraq. I took his name and address and am in contact with his high school- the school my daughter attends. We will be sending him cards for Thanksgiving and Christmas and in between. It's a lonesome job. The red shirt idea is unique. Good for you.

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