I started my quiet vigil upon learning what it means to those around us, even when we don’t realize it.
A few of my co-workers and Lew, a Govt inspector were to meet at the airport on Friday morning to fly home. We had worked for 2-3 weeks together, and shared many meals and many stories about our lives and families. We learned that Lew has a son who had been through some pretty rigorous training and been sent overseas with his unit.
When we gathered at the airport, Lew turned to me and sincerely thanked me. I assumed he was thanking me for my part in the inspections that we had just completed. But he explained, unbeknownst to me, that I had supported the Troops by wearing a red shirt that day, being Friday. I confessed that I had seen e-mails in the past supporting this effort, but never took it to heart. The red shirt that day was just another shirt.
I thought about that moment on the plane ride home. And how if just wearing a red shirt meant so much to the father of a soldier. How much more it would mean to others around that one soldier. The soldier’s mother, brothers, sisters, aunts, grandmother, nephews, etc surely would appreciate this small gesture of appreciation. And what about this one soldier? Who may be going through tough times, tough areas, tough choices. Doesn’t that make it all worth it.
My simple decision to wear red on Fridays in support of our US Troops is just a drop of the support that our soldiers really deserve.
It’s been about 2 years and my practice has been noticed at my workplace. One by one I’ve tried to plant the seed of appreciation, and show how such a simple effort can make a difference. I’ve ‘recruited’ several to the cause and was pretty excited when we had a food drive at work the other day and it gave me a chance to ‘rally the troops’ to wear red.
I’m glad to say that we have many who look forward to RedShirtFridays.
We support and lift up our armed forces to God, and ask for his guidance and protection for all.
God Bless the United States of America.
Ted Morris, Nustar Energy