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Paul
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Localisation : Limavady, N.I.
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Places Served : Arborfield (Basic training), S.E.M.E. Bordon (Trade training), Barnard Castle, Hemer, Belfast (Emergency Tour), Londonderry, Munster, Brunei, Hong Kong
Registration date : 2008-04-06

PostSubject: In need of information - Red Friday   10/12/2009, 17:08

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I received a message from a member that brought to the fore a question I have been meaning to ask for a long time.

RED FRIDAY - would someone care to explain it to me please. I know what it is, but I would like to know if there is a particular badge or organisation behind it.

I also appreciate why it is in place, but want to be able to explain to others.

Paul.
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Localisation : Peachland British Columbia, Canada
Cap Badge : Black Watch of Canada
Places Served : 4 CIBG Soest and Werl 1957-1965, Camp Borden, Camp Gagetown
Registration date : 2009-06-04

PostSubject: Re: In need of information - Red Friday   10/12/2009, 17:20

Here in Canada the 'Red Friday' campaign was launched by the Royal Canadian Legion. Every citizen is asked to wear something red on Friday as a token of support for our troops and veterans, and in memory of those who have fallen or been wounded. The Legion sells a very nice red T-shirt with the yellow 'We support our troops' ribbon.

It may well have been borrowed from the Royal British or American Legions - I don't know. I'll check the Legion website and get back if I can find out more.
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PostSubject: Re: In need of information - Red Friday   10/12/2009, 22:51

I think you'll find that its world wide its certainly done down under so I'm informed and some do it in uk but I thought it was for Afgahnistan, I maybe wrong though
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PostSubject: Re: In need of information - Red Friday   11/12/2009, 21:54

I believe it was triggered by the Afghan campaign unless it was the Iraq war. Maybe both? At any rate it's a very refreshing 360 degree turn from the anti-military attitudes that were ably abbetted here in Canada by the "King of the Hippies", alias Prime minister Pierre Trudeau and many of his successors.

Wasn't able to learn more on the Legion web site.

Cheers

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PostSubject: Re: In need of information - Red Friday   11/12/2009, 22:54

I am trying to frame an answer - and I can't Embarassed

I never had to face, at the age of most of our casualties, what they have had to and are still facing. But even now, nearly 30 years after leaving the REME, it still brings a lump to my throat (and yes, the odd tear) to see them coming home to a parade in Wootton Bassett.

I think I will be wearing something red on Fridays from now on, be it a badge or an item of clothing - and will be proud to say why.

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PostSubject: Re: In need of information - Red Friday   11/12/2009, 23:20

http://www.redfridays.co.uk/j/
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Localisation : Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada V2S 7C5
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Places Served : Catterick (1951) - BAOR (1952 -1954)-(Herford - Bunde - Munster) - Japan (Kure) - Korea (Pusan - Seoul) - Cyprus (Nicosia) - Suez Op (1st Guards Brigade) - UK (63 Sigs Regt TA, Southampton)
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PostSubject: Re: In need of information - Red Friday   11/12/2009, 23:31

The following was taken from 'Truth or Fiction' web site, where I first saw it sometime last year .. they themselves cannot identify how it started, but here in Canada the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans of which I am a member has been urging its members to Wear Something Red on Friday for at least 2 years.

Len (Ciphers)

RED FRIDAY
You will soon see a lot of people wearing Red on Fridays. Here's why.....
The Americans, who support our troops, are the silent majority. We are not
"organized" to reflect who we are, or to reflect what our opinions are. Many
Americans, like yourself, and all their friends, simply want to recognize
that Americans support our troops.

Our idea of showing our solidarity and support for our troops is starting
Friday and continuing on each and every Friday, until this is over, that
every red -blooded American who supports our young men and women, WEAR
SOMETHING RED. Word of mouth, press, TV -- let's see if we can make the
United States, on any given Friday, a sea of red much like a home football
game at a University.

If every one of our memberships share this with other acquaintances, fellow
workers, friends, and neighbors, I guarantee ! that it will not be long
before the USA will be covered in RED - and make our troops know there are
many people thinking! of their well-being. You will feel better all day
Friday when you wear Red! So let's get the word out and lead by example;

wear RED on Fridays.

I sent this out to everyone on my email list;

hopefully, you will too.

Wear Red on Fridays ..


SUPPORT OUR TROOPS! WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE, BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE.
FOR US, THEIR BLOOD RUNS RED!! GOD BLESS AMERICA



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