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Feb 11, 2010

WILL YOU WEAR BLUE


International Picture of the Year
Here are two very touching photos honored this year

First Place :
Todd Heisler The Rocky Mountain News

When 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.


During 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.'

Second Place
Todd Heisler The Rocky Mountain News

The 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'

Will You Wear Blue??

Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing blue every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the 'silent majority' We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record breaking numbers We are not organized, boisterous or overbearing.

Many Americans are showing solidarity and support for our troops by wearing BLUE each and every Friday until the troops all come home. Let's make the United States on every Friday a sea of blue to 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.'

Please remember to pray for our troops and their families at home, as well as those who have lost their loved ones in war.

By wearing blue we are reminded of their sacrifice and our freedom. Wearing blue keeps us mindful of their greatest need. Join myself and thousands of Americans as we support our troops with our prayers of strength; protection; valor and the Lord's favor in bringing them all back home SOON!

Will you honor our troops by wearing BLUE on Fridays?

Patrina <")>><
warrior bride in boots

10 comments:

  1. Patrina,

    This is a very powerful post; Thank you. Would you mind if I posted this story and the pictures on my Facebook page ? (with proper credit, of course ) God bless you for all your efforts here on this site.
    All God's Best to you, Dear !

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  2. Wow Patrina...this almost moved me to tears, had to control it cos i'm at work right now...It is really a worthy cause and I'm sure its one that would be greatly appreciated.

    Have a great weekend

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  3. Greetings Patrina,

    Thank you for this touching and very truthful posting. We not only need to bring the men and woman home, but we also need to be given the chance to share in the pain of the families who have suffered a loss. For we were robbed of this under the Bush's administration, when images such as the one of the casket being lowered from the plane were not permitted to made public.

    Being against the war, any war, does not mean we we are not supportive of our troops as they are simply following orders.

    Wearing a touch of blue is a very good idea.

    Warmest regards,
    Egmont

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  4. Wow Patrina...I did not know about the BLUE thing until I read your blog. This post is very thought-provoking. Esp the story of the wife who slept beside her husband for the last time.

    Thanks, I'll spread the word however I can, for those who want to support the troops every Friday till they get back.

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  5. Wow! so nice to see that my readers are still awake to what's happening around us. But don't miss the point of this post. The point is - and I didn't make it the pointed title on purpose - is that our troops are requesting of us - TO PRAY for them. They need our prayers more than seeing or hearing that we are wearing BLUE on Fridays in their honor. The purpose of wearing a color in solidarity across the map here is for them to KNOW that we are praying for them and their families. This is a call to prayer! The Blue is a call to remind us to pray. We need constant reminders in the fast paced world we live in. And I'm old - so it's natural for me to forget :)

    Even if you don't pray or don't know how to pray - speak protection for their lives and strength to courageously stand in the midst of so much death around them. Speak LIFE over them that they may not grow weary and faint. And remember to pray for those that have retunred alive and the familes of those whose solider gave their life to this war.

    Remember those that have returned, please, because they have lived through something that we, who have never walked in their shoes, cannot fathom!!They need our support and prayers as much when they return, as they do now in the thick of the battle.

    I appreciate all of you visiting on the Bridge today. Thank you for picking up the pencil to let me know that you were here and theat you stand with me in this matter.

    @Jaycee,
    This blue thing began last Friday -It's taken me this long to post it. Thanks for spreading the word.

    Patrina <")>><

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  6. Very moving! And yes, I will definitely wear blue. Thank you for posting this.

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  7. @ Jeanne
    Nice to see you again. You've been pretty snowed in lately...gald to see you ae surviving! No snow here! We had some but nothing like you. Thanls for stopping by and picking up the pencil to let me know that you were here. Thanks for joining me in wearing Blue. :)

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  8. Patrina:

    Your post is much needed and your point was not missed on me. I pray for our troups all around the world.

    Amazing how God brought this post when early this morning I stood in a Veteran's Cemetary with another friend at her husband's memorial service. The snow was deep, the air crisp and cold, the bagpipes played first, Scripture was read, the gospel sent forth, a prayer of hope given, a song sung, and a flag unfolded and folded again, and presented to this widow for her safe keeping. The Army man who handed it off to her spoke softly but I could read his lips as he spoke to her. "Mam, this flag is given as a 'thank you' for your husband's service to our country, the United States of America in which he served his country well."

    I was moved with emotion at that point - but the best came when another military bugler stood afar off in the middle of the snowy field and played TAPS! Then the TEARS flowed!

    Praise God for our men in blue.
    I had not heard of this wearing of the blue. I already wear a blue cord bracelet on my right wrist all the time - now it will also allow me a rememberance of praying for our own men in blue!

    Thank you for this post!

    Choosing JOY, Stephanie
    JESUS ONLY in 2010

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  9. @ Stephanie,

    Thanks for sharing all of that! Your experience added to the post. Very touching. I've never been to a military funeral but I hear they are moving. Ya know, you see them on TV but it's obvious that being there is so much more moving. I'm sorry for your friend's loss. She's so blessed to have you to help move through this in a healthy way.

    Again, thanks for picking up the pencil, as you always do, and letting me know that you were here, and for sharing that gentle moving scene.

    Happy Sunday.....tomorrow :)

    Patrina <")>><

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Thanks for picking up the pencil...

May the grace
of the Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship
of the Holy Spirit ...
be with you all.


Patrina
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