Monday, November 23, 2009

Red Friday

A Touching Story

The following story may or may not be true in fact, though it is true in spirit. On the Internet there are versions of this story from Canada, the US, Australia and the UK. Regardless, it bears a ring of truth in context, if not perfectly in content.

We have brave soldiers who are out in the world, currently in Afghanistan, doing their duty for God and Country, with honour and little regard for themselves, trying to ensure basic human rights for the people of a foreign land. In the mean time, here at home, some people are inventing the most ridiculous human rights imaginable, and taking away the human rights of some for the alleged betterment of others.

If we cannot support our troops while they are in foreign lands, doing their duty, how will be ever get up the gumption to support ourselves and stand against the perfidious behaviour of our Human Rights Commissions/Tribunals?

Remember our military personnel in your prayers and thoughts, and the dignity of their efforts. Then fight for truth back here at home in your own way.

Will You Give This To My Daddy?

Last week I was in Toronto, Ontario, 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 camos. 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 Canadian who still loves this country and supports our troops and their families.

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 church, 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 knelt down and said 'hi.'

The little girl then asked him if he would give something to her daddy for her.

The young soldier, who 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 daughter's name was Courtney, told the young soldier that her husband was a Soldier and had been in Afghanistan 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.

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 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 a Canadian.

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 over-bearing. We get no liberal media coverage on TV, to reflect our message or our opinions. 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 Canadian who supports our men and women afar will wear something red.
Let's make Canada on every Friday a sea of red.

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 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.
What gives the indication that this story is probably an American story is the closing comments in it:
WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE, ONLY BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE.
THEIR BLOOD RUNS RED---- SO WEAR RED! --- MAY GOD HELP CANADA TO BECOME ONE NATION, UNDER GOD.
America in it's national anthem is the "land of the free, and the home of the brave," and in its Pledge of Allegiance is "One Nation under God." But this sentiment is no less valuable to us here in Canada. This too is a land of free people, because of the actions of brave men and women, and no matter how you think about it, the Truth is that we are one nation, under a loving and generous God.

How brave will you be today, and how will you remember those brave men and women who are in harm's way in foreign lands fighting against oppression and hatred?

Here is a prayer for them and for us, that came to me a moment ago:
Dear God, the brave men and women of our military are doing their duty for God and country, and putting themselves at risk this very day. We ask you to watch over them, guard them and protect them so that when their duty is done, they may return to the hearts and homes they have left behind. We thank you for your grace and mercy for them and for us, and ask you to make us worthy of their sacrifice by our daily thoughts, words and deeds, in the name of Jesus our Lord and Saviour.

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