I got this email today and had to share it.\r\n\r\nLast week, while traveling to Chicago on business, I noticed a Marine sergeant traveling with a folded flag, but did not put two and two together. After we boarded our flight, I turned to the sergeant, who'd been invited to sit in First Class (across from me), and inquired if he was heading home. \r\n\r\nNo, he responded.\r\n\r\nHeading out I asked? \r\n\r\nNo. I'm escorting a soldier home. \r\n\r\nGoing to pick him up? \r\n\r\nNo. He is with me right now. He was killed in Iraq . I'm taking him home to his family. \r\n\r\nThe realization of what he had been asked to do hit me like a punch to the gut. It was an honor for him. He told me that, although he didn't know the soldier, he had delivered the news of his passing to the soldier's family and felt as if he knew them after many conversations in so few days. I turned back to him, extended my hand, and said, Thank you. Thank you for doing what you do so my family and I can do what we do. \r\n\r\nUpon landing in Chicago the pilot stopped short of the gate and made the following announcement over the intercom. \r\n\r\n"Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to note that we have had the honor of having Sergeant Steeley of the United States Marine Corps join us on this flight. He is escorting a fallen comrade back home to his family. I ask that you please remain in your seats when we open the forward door to allow Sergeant Steeley to deplane and receive his fellow soldier. We will then turn off the seat belt sign." \r\n\r\nWithout a sound, all went as requested. I noticed the sergeant saluting the casket as it was brought off the plane, and his action made me realize that I am proud to be an American. \r\n\r\nSo here's a public Thank You to our military Men and Women for what you do so we can live the way we do. \r\n\r\nsigned: Stuart Margel -\- Washington , D.C. \r\n\r\nAlso, here are two very touching photos honored at this years International Picture of the Year. \r\n\r\nFirst Place \r\n\r\n[IMG]http://aflyoverblog.typepad.com/a_flyover_blog/images/image001.jpg[/IMG]\r\n \r\nFirst Place \r\nTodd Heisler The Rocky Mountain News \r\nWhen 2nd Lt.. James Cathey's body arrived at the Reno Airport, Marines climbed into the cargo hold of the plane and draped the flag over his casket as passengers watched the family gather on the tarmac. \r\n\r\nDuring the arrival of another Marine's casket last year at Denver International Airport , Major Steve Beck described the scene as so powerful: "See the people in the windows? They sat right there in the plane, watching those Marines. You gotta wonder what's going through their minds, knowing that they're on the plane that brought him home," he said. "They will remember being on that plane for the rest of their lives.. They're going to remember bringing that Marine home. And they should." \r\n\r\nSecond Place\r\n\r\n[IMG]http://aflyoverblog.typepad.com/a_flyover_blog/images/image002.jpg[/IMG] \r\n\r\nSecond Place \r\nTodd Heisler The Rocky Mountain News \r\nThe night before the burial of her husband's body, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets below the flag. Before she fell asleep, she opened her laptop computer and played songs that reminded her of 'Cat,' and one of the Marines asked if she wanted them to continue standing watch as she slept. "I think it would be kind of nice if you kept doing it," she said. "I think that's what he would have wanted." \r\n \r\n[B][SIZE="6"][COLOR="black"][COLOR="Red"]Red Fridays[/COLOR][/COLOR][/SIZE][/B]\r\n\r\nVery soon, you will see a great many people wearing\r\nRed every Friday. The reason? Americans who support \r\nour troops used to be called the "silent majority." We\r\nare no longer silent, and are voicing our love for\r\nGod, country and home in record breaking numbers. We\r\nare not organized, boisterous or overbearing. \r\n\r\nMany Americans, like you, me and all our friends,\r\nsimply want to recognize that the vast majority of\r\nAmerica supports our troops. Our idea of showing\r\nsolidarity and support for our troops with dignity and \r\nrespect starts this Friday -\- and continues each and\r\nevery Friday until the troops all come home, sending a\r\ndeafening message that .... every red-blooded American \r\nwho supports our men and women afar, will wear \r\nsomething red.\r\n\r\nBy word of mouth, press, TV -\- let's make the United\r\nStates on every Friday a sea of red much like a\r\nhomecoming football game in the bleachers. If every\r\none of us who loves this country will share this with \r\nacquaintances, coworkers, friends, and family, it will\r\nnot be long before the USA is covered in RED and it\r\nwill let our troops know the once "silent" majority is\r\non their side more than ever, certainly more than the \r\nmedia lets on.\r\n\r\nThe first thing a soldier says when asked "What can\r\nwe do to make things better for you?" is ..."We need\r\nyour support and your prayers." Let's get the word out\r\nand lead with class and dignity, by example, and wear \r\nsomething red every Friday.\r\n\r\nIF YOU AGREE -\- THEN SEND THIS ON. \r\nIF YOU COULDN'T CARE LESS -\- THEN HIT THE DELETE BUTTON. \r\n\r\nIT IS YOUR CHOICE. \r\n\r\nWE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE, ONLY BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE!!