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Friday, March 11, 2011

Wear Red for the US Troops and Hug everyone member of the US Troops this DAY!

I am announcing my steadfast participation in RED Fridays in honor of the US Troops and specifically for a very special MARINE Lance CPL Hranek, my son Joey, AKA by his fellow marines as Ran-Ran and that's because they found Hranek a bit awkward to pronounce correctly.

I am starting today! Wear RED Fridays goes NATIONAL! Please join the event on FB!!!Friday, March 18 · 12:00am - 10:30pm

A good frined of mine through my nephew's wife (her mom) and from my local town, and thanks to FB we have become great friends. Will you join me. And please find out what one exceptional litlle girl and an outstanding MArine have done tochange the lives of many!

The event was originally created by  Crystal Armstrong Davidoff Will you give this to my daddy?

A heartfelt story truly tugs at you, so get your kleenex ladies....

More Info Will You give this to my Daddy?

As a Company, Southwest Airlines is going to support 'Red Fridays.'

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 acts of patriotism I have ever seen.

Moving thru the terminal was a group of soldiers in their camos. As t......hey 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 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 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.

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 an American.

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.

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.

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.


This is not my story I'm just trying to pass it on...... Thank you all for listening, and your support!

If you care to see a few videos visit me on facebook and my son's unit has posted 2 heartsung videos of their 7 months in North Marja Afghanistan. Any parent, wife, sibling, or child that has a loved one deployed, returned home or worse, must know how important this cahllenge is to become a sea of red.

God Bless America and all of our troops each and everyv day!

Love you all!

                          My own precious Marine, son, Lance CPL Hranek, Joey, AKA Ran-Ran
I have my Red on today and going out tonight I will wear this RED outfit to honor the troops 24/7!!!!
Take a minute to donn some red!
Please leave a smile and if you care to link back to my post or copy it and put it in your own blog or FB news update!


  1. I like the Red Friday story but you do know it is just a story. No one even knows if it's true. It has been circulating on the web since 2005 and possibly before... Red Fridays has been going on for a good number of years. I do believe in Red Fridays as I am a mom of a deployed Marine but just thought you might like to know this isn't this womans story or anyones really...
    Have a good Sunday. GBU

  2. Even if it is a fabricated story, some people always doubt kindness, it touched my heart. Yes I know that Red Fridays has been going on for years. It signifies different things to different organizations. I am emphasizing wearing RED to show our love and supoport for our fellow troops. I too am a PROUD NMARINE MOM. I tried to comment on your blog but it is not accepting messages, from ME to "It's me..."


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