“Will you give this to my Daddy?”

Moving thru the terminal was a group of soldiers in
their “camos”, as they began heading to their gate
everybody (well almost everybody) was abruptly on
their feet with their hands waving and cheering. When
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 who supports our troops and their

Of course I immediately stopped and began clapping for
these young unsung heroes, who are putting their lives
on the line every day for us, so we can go to school,
work, church and home without fear of reprisal. Just
when I thought, I could not be more proud of my
country or of our service men and women a young girl,
no 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 (he couldn’t
be any older than maybe 22 himself) said he would try.
and what did she want to give him 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
Soldiers eyes began to tear up. When this temporarily
single Mom was done explaining the situation, all of
the soldiers huddled together for a brief second. One
of the service men then 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
with 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 soon.”

The Mom at this point was crying almost
uncontrollably, and as the young soldier got on his
feet, he saluted Courtney and her Mom. I was standing
no more than 6 feet away from where 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
no dry eyes, including my own. The young soldier in a
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 is good being 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 we are voicing our love for God, country and home
in record breaking numbers. We are not organized,
boisterous or overbearing. 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 troo ps 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 much 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 would share
this with acquaintances, coworkers, 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.

We live in the land of the free, only because of the brave.


3 Responses to ““Will you give this to my Daddy?””

  1. Tyler Hrper Says:

    I am a wounded Vietnam War Veteran. I am so THANKFUL these young brave American Men and Women will not suffer the same indignities we Vietnam Veterans did when we came home. Never forget… America’s Best and Brightest serve in uniform today so you and I can live in comfort in the greatest country on the face of the planet!

  2. olotliny Says:

    The cruel mistreatment and brush off of the Vietnam Veterans is inexcusable and a painful, shamed chapter in our recent history. We can only hope and try to make sure it does not happen again. Thank you Tyler for your service and dedication to our country and the men and women who like you: “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” May peace and healing fill you from within and without. Sincerely, Missy

  3. Kathy Says:

    Dear Tyler,

    First and foremost THANK YOU!!! For your service to us all in these United States of America!

    As the wife of a VietNam Vet, “I” can understand exactly what you speak of… That being, the treatment you and the rest of, our heroes who served in “Nam”…

    When my husband returned home from his tour there, he arrived on US Soil in California. He had to then continue onto New York. At that time it wasn’t loyal patriots waving flags and cheering as the Veterans deplaned… No! it was jeers and insults, physical attacks…The airport was filled with dirty draft dodging college students toting beer bottles filled with human urine…The bottles were sprayed on our HEROES!!! The utmost indignity that would not be permitted today towards a convicted serial killer! “Civil Rights”…you know…The rights you and your buddies and my hero husband fought for!

    Never!…. in ALL of American history has the military been made to suffer and endure the tortures you all have…. upon returning from service in VietNam. And sadly…and still… after all these years you and your fellow Veterans must fight for your dignity and for your benefits…

    I could go on and on but, you know what I mean…
    As a lowly civillian but a Proud Army wife,

    My children and grandchildren Salute and thank you, my friends and family Salute and Thank You!

    I hope you are well, I hope you belong to your local chapter of the VFW…where you can be among your comrades and friends and most importantly…Be aware of all you are entitled to as a Veteran of these United States of America!

    God Bless you always,

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