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Blue Fridays or Red Fridays?

Updated on October 14, 2011

Welcome fellow Americans

I first learned about the concept of "Blue Fridays" through an email someone sent me several years ago. I thought it was a great idea so I created this webpage for others out there wishing to learn more about Blue Fridays and find other ways to support our troops abroad. Then, people started emailing me saying it should be Red Friday and that Blue Fridays were for democrats, blah, blah, blah. I'm not here to argue these trivial matters because thats missing the point entirely. The fact is, the term "Blue Friday" or "Red Friday", for whatever reason brought you to this page as it has many more before you. Now, if you really want to support our troops, find a charity from the list below or one you are already familiar with, and make a donation. That will go much further than wearing a certain color on a certain day of the week. Thanks for your visit and thank you to the soldiers who give me the very freedom to type these words. God blesses the USA.

What's your opinion? - THANKS FOR YOUR TIME

Blue Fridays or Red Fridays?

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Have you read it yet?

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.

Do you know someone in the service? - SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS

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      Dave P 3 years ago

      There are a number of 'Blue Fridays' most notably, Blue Fridays brings the global diabetes community together to raise awareness and celebrate World Diabetes Day. But, that's OK Whether it's Blue Friday or Red, White and Blue Friday we have a soldier to that for every day we enjoy. and Sunday to thank GOD for it all!

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      williamson-steve98 3 years ago

      Joseph Kenneth Andrew Greenwell.. My son my hero

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      R.E.D. Remember Everyone Deployed

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Thanks for introducing this new stuff! Never knew it before :)

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      I have never heard of this before. Maybe what we need is a "Red, White and Blue Friday"

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      AstroGremlin 5 years ago

      Our troops need to come home. And they should receive equipment and care paid for by the federal budget. Charity for extras is a nice gesture, of course, but the men and women in uniform are entitled to adequate appropriations without having to be grateful to anyone. The nation owes them.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      My nephew is in the Marines...he just this week is coming home from Afghanistan. Great to have him home! I didn't know about Blue Fridays - I'll find something blue to wear today.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You said it man, find a good charity. And why not Red, White, or Blue. Why does it have to be Red or Blue? I have heard of wearing Red on Fridays, today is the first time I have heard of wearing Blue. I agree Charity is the best.

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      floppypoppygift1 5 years ago

      I agree to donate to a charity! Cheers~cb

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I'm not from the US, so I didn't know what Blue Friday or Red Friday meant. It sounds like a grand idea, though.

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      TheHealthGuy LM 5 years ago from U.S.A.

      Yes and may God watch over my brothers and sisters.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my dad was in the air forse

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      Johann The Dog 5 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      This is pawsome! I think we need a way to send our four-legged troops gifts as well, bet their handlers would love it too.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Yes, my daughter is in the Army, serving in Afghanistan. My grandson, a Marine, leaves Monday for Afghanistan. My granddaughter is a Lieutenant in the Navy. I am a veteran of the Women's Army Corps, and I have another daughter who is also an Army veteran. I just sent my daughter a "care" package last week. It's important to stay in touch as much as possible with your service member, to help keep up their morale. In WWII, letters took weeks and sometimes months to arrive to their intended recipient, and sometimes they never arrived. We are fortunate in that we have a much quicker communication method today. I would urge those who know how to use the computer to teach their family members...or failing that, write the letters for them as they sit with you. I am in touch with my daughter almost daily, which is a great reassurance to both of us. Thanks, and I didn't mean to "run on." Keep reminding people with your wonderful lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      In honor of my grandfather that served 40+ years, to my husband in Dessert Storm, and my son in Afganistan. To all my family members whom ahve served or are serving, along with all the other military families and Armed forces.....THANK YOU!!!! GOD BLESS!!!!!

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      bhthanks 6 years ago

      Great idea!

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      sidther lm 6 years ago

      My Husband is in the Army. Thank you so much for this page! I know that among our friends, it does not matter which you choose- it is the thought behind it. I think I would go with blue as I don't have the complexion for red and never discuss my political views as I confuse myself trying to figure out if any of them are telling the truth (I am leaning toward no on that)!

      Some grocery stores also sell inexpensive care packages near the checkout (they ship it) all you have to do is pay for it and write a nice note to go with it!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I agree- red, white & blue. Any variation of, or any patriotic shirt. Excellent

      suggestion to also do something to help homecoming vets !

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      squid-pinkchic18 6 years ago

      Cool article here. I'd heard of wearing American colors on Friday but never knew which one it was. I'd opt to wear red, white and blue like @military wife. It's about supporting the soldiers out there, not picking parties.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Going with Red, White and Blue on Friday

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have worn red since 9/11. I bought my shirt on a military base. Blue I just heard of today. Neither is wrong as the point is to be supportive. But if I have to wear one it has and always will be red as that color is for the troops. Blue is for a lot of things and there is not even a shirt made to support the fact. You can buy red shirts online and the money will go to help the troops. Good luck deciding!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am just learning of this & have decided to wear RED, WHITE, and BLUE to support our troops every Friday. My prayers are with them & their families & friends.

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      careermom 6 years ago

      As someone whose father spent 30 years serving this country, I love the idea!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      ~ Dropping by to leave my Angels April Fools' Day Quest Blessings ~

      It may be April Fools Day, but this lens is no joke, thank you for telling us about this!

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      I love it!

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      Jack 6 years ago

      Blessed by the Charities Angel.

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for sharing this Blue Friday lens and concept. God bless and protect the brave men and women who fight defend our countries.

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      Pete Schultz 6 years ago

      This was news to me, and I will wear blue on Fridays. Nice lens, and truly a great topic in need of support.

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      Achim Thiemermann 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Thank you for making this important lens. I appreciate your featuring of my "Operation Helmet" page. All the best, Keem. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I think of our troops about everyday and am so thankful for what they do and have done for us all. Freedom doesn't come cheap, it comes at a great price. I don't need to wear a certain colors to show my support, but I guess if I worked along side co-workers...it would be kind of fun to do on Fridays.

      Thank you for featuring Support Our Troops and Veterans here. I returned the kindness and am featuring What are Blue Fridays? on that lens.

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      raegal75 6 years ago

      Thank you so much for including my lens on sending cookie gifts to the troops. This is a great lens with a lot of heart!

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      Frankie Kangas 6 years ago from California

      Thank you for putting this lens together. As an Army Brat, I grew up with a soldier and surrounded by them so I appreciate the sacrifices they and their families make to keep us safe. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      My son in law is in the military. I think about the troops often.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      I have included this in my lens about giving charity for Christmas. You simple give a gift of charity in the name of a friend, maybe with some home made cookies! and you have a great gift with no waste!

      Yes, giving to lonely soldiers and/or their families in the name of a friend would be a great thing to do!

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      luvmyludwig lm 7 years ago

      This is a great idea.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      WATCHED A MOVIE "TAKING CHANCE" A FILM EVERYONE SHOULD SEE. IT IS THE REALITY OF LOVE, WAR, CARING AND HONOR. I WILL NEVER FORGET THIS FILM.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My Fridays are now dedicated to wearing blue in support of our troops

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Good to see Blue Friday in the Top 100 on Squidoo.

      This lens is blessed by a Squid Angel today.

      Best wishes to you!

      Susie

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I'll start wearing blue on Friday. I have a support our troops lens, too. It's about Operation Sauce Drop.

      Good lens

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      blue22d 8 years ago

      Wonderful idea. I had heard a little about the program. Now I know more. I am featuring your lens at my lens visitingsquidoolenses @ Mall of Squidoo group. Do stop by and visit.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      thank you to all military serving to protect our freedom.those of you abroad and never to forget those who are injured and have fallen!also those who are in the states, your service is much appericated too!!!!

      as a military wife with my sailor getting ready to go in harms way may all of you be protected as you protect us!

      god bless america

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      Lee Hansen 8 years ago from Vermont

      Blue is the color of Peace, and our troops are the supreme peace keepers. I'll proudly wear blue on Friday, and any other day to show support for all the troops.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I just stopped by to thank you once again for making this lens. We need to show our support for our troops. - Keep up the good work! - Susie

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Supporting our troops is supporting the very essence of the United States. Each service member is someone's father, mother, son, daughter, sister or brother. 'Freedom Isn't Free'. The legacy that we ALL inherited in the colors of OUR flag and all of our service men and women uphold, protect and support that legacy of Freedo, In our flag Red for the Blood so many have given, White for the purity of purpose and Blue for Valor of those who serve with pride, put their lives on the line. They/we do this for all, for OUR flag, OUR country. We certainly can make the statement of support for all they/we do. I'm retired USN, my husband is finishing up '30' , also USN, and my wonderful stepson is U.S. Army, boots on the ground in Afghanistan.

      I'll wear blue, every Friday.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to Howie] Amen and God Bless America!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Linda,

      I am a 33 year veteran of the Army and about to retire. I served in Afghanistan, where I lost a couple of buddies. As a career Soldier, I say, "Yes!, you can support Soldiers while opposing the war. The US military is an arm of US diplomacy, we're just the bloody end of it. When other means fail, the government uses the military to force our enemies to either return to dialogue, or face defeat in battle. The politicians control the military and we follow their orders. Understanding that the last person on earth to choose war is a Soldier, and that we only follow orders from our civilian leaders, why would you not support the sacrifice of those serving and especially their families? You can disagree with the administration, but you must support Soldiers. (Reply to Linda B - Chattanooga)

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      Re-blessing this wonderful lens!

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      pyngthyngs 8 years ago

      What an interesting idea. I'll definitely think about this lens when I see somebody wearing blue this Friday and I'll have to spread the word. Five *.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      God Bless our Troops I have a Son, and Brother serving our Country. I will make sure that I wear blue every Friday.

      Semper Fi

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

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      EpicFarms 8 years ago

      I had never heard of blue Fridays, but you can bet I'll be wearing blue on them from now on! Great lens in support of an awesome cause ~ we owe so very much to our men and women in the military. 5*

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      teamlane 8 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel today!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is a wonderful idea to support our troops. I will be wearing blue every Friday and all during the GI Film Festival 13-17 May 09 in DC honoring our men and women in uniform.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Wonderful lens on Blue Friday! - Lensroll to Veterens of War and Support Our Troops. :)

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      dc64 lm 8 years ago

      This is the first I've heard of this, but it is an awesome idea. It's blue every Friday for me!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      God Bless Our Troops ! I never heard of Blue Fridays - thank you for the info. I will post it on my Facebook Profile along with the USO link I just posted from another lensmaster. Veterans for America is the charity I have chosen for my scouting lens and other lenses - http://www.squidoo.com/boyscoutsofamerica - please visit and let me know what you think. I'll be wearing BLUE on Fridays !!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great Idea! Feel free to link to my way of thanking the soldiers. Great song to show our appreciation to them.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJV9Bw6OWA8

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      heehaw lm 8 years ago

      Nice lens, its a good support to show how people loves the army, now i know whats blue Friday means.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      "We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record breaking numbers."

      I may not be a believer, but I do support country, home and our troops. I will wear blue to show my support. Keep them safe and bring them home.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      I wear blue on Fridays and will continue to do so. Its a small gesture but an important one.

      Great lens

      Lizzy

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      OperationSantaC 9 years ago

      Operation Letters To Santa has always been a staunch supporter of our Troops and we are proud of each and every one of them!

      Happy Holidays to All!

      Santa Claus

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      CourageCommunity 9 years ago

      Please help spread the word about a new online veteran support network, The Courage Community. It's a free, non-profit, non-partisan, apolitical online social network and resource portal for veterans, their friends, families and supporters. Visit www.CourageCommunity.org to join... Always confidential, always free.

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      bdkz 9 years ago

      Congratulations on becoming a Giant Squid!

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      CyndiC 9 years ago

      Great lens. There are so many ways to support our troops! We all owe it to them to do so in some way. Five Stars!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Since first reading about blue fridays a couple weeks ago I haven't and won't miss one. I have a brother in Iraq as we speak. I just wrote about it on my organic consumers association website (oca.org) blog 'from where I sit', too. BIG thanks to whoever started blue fridays, here's a hug a handshake and a pat on the back also.

      9-11=insidejob

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      Euryale Sinclair 9 years ago from The Left Coast

      Congrats! You are a Best of Squidoo pick for July!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Only problem with blue is that many people wear blue ANYWAY - jeans if nothing else. If you want a visible statement, you'd pick a more inconvenient color - fuchsia, say, or chartruese.

      This isn't to belittle what you're trying to do -- I opposed the invasion from the start, but I agree that our troops need and deserve all the support they can get. I just hope that folks who participate in this campaign also take time to write Congress and insist that our soldiers, veterans, and their families and communities get the resources that they need to rebuild their lives and undo the damage caused by the war.

      Pray:

      Pray that they come home soon

      Pray that they come home safe

      Pray that they come home sane

      Pray that people who sent them to war under false pretenses are held accountable

      Pray that their families can get what they need

      Pray that the long-suffering Iraqis can rebuild their country

      Pray that the people who profit from war find a way to profit from peace instead

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      Dianne Loomos 9 years ago

      Thanks for educating me on Blue Friday. I had not heard of it. 5 stars and a lensroll on behalf of my U.S. Navy Sailor son.

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      Forgiven 9 years ago

      Another good one!Thanks for your heart! 5*

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      trevty180 9 years ago

      Love your lens. What a great idea!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      this is a great idea. i heard it through an occupational therapist where my daughter goes and i am now gonna start wearing my blue and passing it on. my family and i are great supporters of the men and women in iraq (especially the marines, no offense to anyone), but my nephew was a marine and was killed this past june 2007. no matter what our men and women know what they are up against just like my nephew and im honored to have known him and the many others we met since his passing. gotta love all who are unknown and keep them all in prayer, they are all heros forever and im grateful for their protection and courage.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      It is a great privilege to be an American. I am grateful to the men and women who serve our country. I pray the war will end soon so our troops can come home to their families and enjoy the way of life that they were willing to risk all to protect.

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      boredofeducatio1 9 years ago

      Can I support the troops while opposing the war?

      Great lens 5 stars!

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      AmyP 9 years ago

      Great lens. Five Stars! Keep up the good work!

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      I just placed banners on my MySpace and Squid Angel Diary sites.

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      carrieokier 9 years ago

      Excellent lens- I'm in! 5 stars to you!Carrie

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      thanks for what you are doing my husband is in iraq right now and he left a week efter we got married. its really hard. just pray for the charlie company 167th infantry out of cullman, alabama

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      iqbal615 9 years ago

      Thank for sharing about blue friday.I learn something.5*

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      bdkz 9 years ago

      Awesome lens. 5 Star and a Squid Angel Blessing!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Thank you for this opportunity to show our support for the troops and our pride in the USA!

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      Tony Payne 9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Very nice idea for a lens. We all ought to support the troops more, they do a great job. I have a friend with 3 sons - 1 in the Marines (out in the sandbox for his 2nd term), 1 in the Army (also in the sandbox) and 1 in the Navy. 5 *****

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      Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      On behalf of my Marine son (soon to be a civilian again) and my Army National Guard son (just arrived in Kuwait this week for his second tour in Iraq), a 5-star salute for your effort in support of all of our troops!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      First and foremost, Thank you troops and families for what you do for this country. I don't have any family members that are currently in the armed forces so I have no idea what you all are going through, but I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope all of you troops have a speedy and safe return to the states. I attend Tennessee Tech university and I am trying to get Blue Fridays started up here at school. I just learned about it yesterday. I also created a facebook group for anyone who wants to join.

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      teamlane 9 years ago

      Blessed by a Squid Angel today! :o)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      no one left behind. ccb where's blue on friday for our TROOPS!

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      Jak the Yak 9 years ago

      Nice Lens, I have added it to my favorite lenses on Support the troops

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I will proudly wear BLUE every FRIDAY. GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Thoughts and prayers to all those who serve, thank you, and may we bring them all home safely. In Memory of our dear friend Cp. Jim W, PPCLI, 2 Para. - Kathy

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      gods_grace_notes 9 years ago

      Great lens, and even better projects. I wholeheartedly support your effort, AND our troops! I appreciate our Home Sweet Home; aka America, and especially the troops who defend our right to live in safety and peace of mind. Thanks so much for making me aware of Blue Friday!

      Connie...aka Squid Angel

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      Sergeantrom LM 9 years ago

      What an excellent idea for our soldiers and great lens! I lensrolled it also!!!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Any thing we can do to let our brothers and sisters in harms way know that we love and support them is a worthy cause. I also want to let their families know that we care about them too. Military spouces are fighting a war too by giving our troops something meaningful to come home to. God Bless them

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      teamlane 9 years ago

      Nice lens! Love the stat at the beginning. 5* :o)

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      Terrax 9 years ago

      Nice Lens! I had heard of blue friday but never new exactly what it was. Thanks!