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One in the human race

January 21, 2007
  I was watching the news and I saw a story about the next contingent of Canadian troops rotating to Khandahar, this time from the East coast.  The same week I watched on the Rick Mercer show a story about the army base in Edmonton.  He drove a tank over a car.  What really stuck out was that I noticed the family members wearing red.  It reminded me of the new tradition to show our support for our troops by wearing red on Fridays.  The idea was originated in Petawawa by the families of overseas troops.

News Talk Radio 580 CFRA is proud to support the grassroots effort brought to Petawawa by the wives of two men serving in the Canadian Forces. The concept of wearing something red – whether a red shirt, jacket, cap, bandana or whatever – every Friday is meant to let the soldiers and their spouses and children know they are not alone.
We appreciate the sacrifices they are making on our behalf. We thank them for their service to our country and their fight for peace and justice wherever in the world they are sent.
With that in mind, CFRA invites you to continue showing your support by wearing red every Friday.


  I was aware of it when it started last spring, but forgot about it because we don’t see many in the military here because there is no base nearby.  At Christmas I got a red shirt, and I think it will see some wear more often now.  Here is a clip a friend sent to me.

 Caption reads:  Air Force Master Sgt. John Gebardt, of the 332nd Expeditionary Medical Group at Balad, Iraq, cradles a young girl as the both sleep in the hospital.  The girl’s entire family was executed by insurgents; the killers shot her in the head as well.  The girl received treatment at the U.S. military hospital in Balad, but cries and moans often.  According to nurses at the facility, Gebhardt is the only one who can calm down the girl, so he has spent the last several nights holding her while they both sleep in a chair.

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