It’s easy to be thankful for the day to day things. I am thankful every day for my children, my husband, our home… But how often do we take time to think about events and people outside our day to day lives?
The other day when I was on Facebook, I received an event request for Red Fridays. I thought maybe it had to do with women’s heart disease or something. Curious as to what it was, I clicked on the invitation.
I was immediately hooked on the idea. Put simply, the event is geared to show support for our military troops by wearing red on Fridays. To me it doesn’t matter what politics you might follow, it is important to support our troops. These are the people who have volunteered to defend our country, to protect us. They often put their lives on the line to do this. When I researched Red Fridays a little further I stumbled upon this compelling quote, “Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: 1. Jesus Christ. 2. The American G.I. One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.” (http://www.redshirtfridays.org/) I can’t think of an easier way to show your support, and thanks, for such an act than by just wearing red on Fridays.
One other note-worthy site I found when researching Red Fridays was the USDA Military Families site. If you are looking for other ways to say thank you to our troops, this site may offer you some simple and much appreciated ideas. I am thinking that my kids and I are going to send cards through The Operation PAL that is mentioned on the USDA Military Families home page. What a great opportunity to help my children understand what military men and women do for our country and allow them a chance to show their gratitude. This is especially important to me because of the number of friends I’ve had in the military, including one who was deployed a couple years ago and may be deployed again soon.
So for today’s Thankful Thursday post I am thankful to all of the military men and women who have chosen to defend our country. If that includes any of my fine readers, or your family members, thank you for the many sacrifices you have made on the behalf of our country.
Will you join me in wearing red tomorrow to show your support and gratitude?