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Please Read - so very moving !!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Barney, Jul 19, 2009.


  1. Barney

    Barney PetForums VIP

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    PLEASE read and then "wear the RED"

    Dear All,
    This was sent to me by an ex-RN aviator, and I think it merits wide circulation – if you agree, perhaps you could help its distribution using your own channels.
    Thanks.
    Peter
    Sir Peter Norriss




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    Last week I was in West London 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 acts of patriotism I have ever seen.

    Moving through the terminal was a group of soldiers in their uniforms, 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 Briton 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 enjoy our home without fear or reprisal.

    Just when I thought I could not be more proud of my country or of our servicemen and women,a young girl, not more than 6 or 7 years old, ran up to one of the male soldiers.

    He knelt down and said 'hi,' the little girl then asked him if he would give something to her daddy for her.

    The young soldier didn't look any older than maybe 22 himself, said he would try and what did she want to give to her daddy.

    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 daughter's name was Courtney, told the young soldier that her husband was a Corporal and had been in Afghanistan for 5 months now.

    As the mum was explaining how much her daughter, Courtney, missed her father, the young soldier began to tear up.

    When this temporarily single mum 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 mum at this point was crying almost uncontrollably and as the young soldier stood to his feet he saluted Courtney and her mum.

    I was standing no more than 6 feet away as 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, there were very few dry eyes, including my own.

    That young soldier in one last act of moment 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 British.

    RED FRIDAYS

    Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing Red every Friday.

    The reason?

    British men and women who support our troops used to be called the 'silent majority'.

    We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for 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 English people, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of Britain 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 Briton who supports our men and women afar will wear something red.

    By word of mouth, press, TV -- let's make Great Britain on every Friday a sea of red much like a homecoming football team

    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 Britain 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 -- THEN SEND THIS ON

    IF YOU COULD NOT CARE LESS THEN HIT THE DELETE BUTTON.

    IT IS YOUR CHOICE.

    THEIR BLOOD RUNS RED---- SO WEAR RED! ---

    Lest we Forget.
     
  2. JoWDC

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    I agree with this, but don't have any red clothes to wear on a Friday (let alone any other day). So in my heart i'll be wearing red everyday & supporting our brave boys & girls.
     
  3. JANICE199

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    What a great, thought provoking post.xxxxxxxxxx:D:D
     
  4. jlushh

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    That's an amazing story, I wish I'd have been there to see it.

    I'll definitley be wearing red. :)

    Or if my red clothes are in the wash, red lips and nails.
     
  5. rona

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    I'll wear red
     
  6. claire

    claire Guest

    fantasitc story :) :) :) :) :)

    I will wear red
     
  7. Badger's Mum

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    I aready do.:) great post
     
  8. thedogsmother

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    Right I think a red shopping spree is calling me.
     
  9. marion..d

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    excellent post barney.........
     
  10. FREE SPIRIT

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    Brilliant post Barney...xxxx ;)
     
  11. DKDREAM

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    Great post i will deffo wear something red the job they do is very brave.
     
  12. Ladywiccana

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    Well done Barney :D :D

    I only have one dark red top as red dont suit me but i cud wear red nail varnish ;) :smilewinkgrin:

    Excellent post sir i salutes u
     
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  13. rona

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    Bump.......
     
  14. JoWDC

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    Like the idea of red nail varnish!
     
  15. Barney

    Barney PetForums VIP

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    Thanks for the replies every1 this is something that really needs supportin xxx
     
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    just to keep it current - bump!!!! Still personally believe wearing red nice but more action required to ensure equipment for troops.
     
  17. Bethany

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    What airport was this at?? Very touching story. I was sent the same thing by email an so was my friends too at uni. But yeah i can wear red on friday NP , im doing so voluntary work this friday at a asian community centre , i will ask the ppl who go there to do the same. Beth
     
  18. owieprone

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    i think i'll just go to work in my old TA work-tshirt.

    To be more supportive you could see if your local regiment has a penpals group going on... then you can send your penpal care packages as well as letters and emails to give them something to look forward to on down time.
     
  19. Spellweaver

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    Great post Barney. From now on I'll be wearing red on Fridays :)
     
  20. Barney

    Barney PetForums VIP

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    just read that 1 ya sent me on facebook,

    its quality :D
     
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