Soldier's daughter


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Jan 31, 2003
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I just got this in an email and thought I'd share it.]

> The Daughter of a Soldier
> 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 act's 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)was abruptly to their feet
> with their hands waving and cheering. When I saw the soldiers, probably
> 30-40 of them, 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 putting their
> lives on the line everyday for us so we can go to school, work and home
> 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 kneeled
> down and said "hi," the little girl then she asked him if he would give
> something to her daddy for her. The young soldier, he didn't look any
> older than maybe 22 himself, said he would try and what did she want to
> give to her daddy. Then suddenly the little girl grabbed the neck of
> this soldier, gave him the biggest hug she could muster and then kissed
> him on the cheek.The mother of the little girl, who said her daughters
> name was Courtney, told the young soldier that her husband was a Marine
> and had been in Iraq for 11 months now. 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 was done 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 to his feet he saluted
> Courtney and her mom. I was standing no more than 6 feet away from 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.

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