The Armed Forces History Museum in Largo, FL is proud to support this Red Friday – Support Our Troops movement.

Red Friday is a movement that has been underway to show support for our troops who are overseas.  While these troops are often in the spotlight, those who actually support the troops are often referred to as a silent majority – let’s break this silence.  The wars of present day do not seem to carry the same “across the board” open support that once existed.  All one has to do is look back at World War II when patriotism and support for the troops was a part of everyday life and center of conversation in every home.  Young men lined up to sign up for military service, often lying about their age in order to serve.

While times have changed, the support for our troops should never waiver.   Attend a local college football game, and the stadium will be filled with the team colors.  The same should hold true on any given Friday in the United States.  Participation requires nothing more than saving a red shirt, sweater, jacket, etc. to be worn on Friday.  However, red is a common color for clothing, so in order to make this a truly notable statement, an overwhelming majority would need to participate.  Our country should look like a “Sea of Red” every Friday.

Granted, this is not the only way that one can show support for the troops.  Along with yellow ribbons in the form of a car magnet to denote the safe return of our troops overseas, many programs are in place which allows people to donate books, supplies, send greeting cards and even write letters.  All of these are excellent means to show our troops their actions touch us on a very deep and personal level.

If you don’t think your one red item on Friday will make a difference, ask a soldier who has served, or is home on leave, what he feels would be the best gift any one person-  (or ) the people of the United States – could give him?  Certainly, support and prayers would be a common response.

The Red Friday movement began back in 2006 and, while the impact still isn’t as huge as it should be, almost six years later, the movement hasn’t died either.  Here at The Armed Forces History Museum in Largo, FL, we encourage the Red Friday – Support Our Troops to our staff and our visitors.  Help spread the word so this Red Friday movement can show dignified solidarity to the troops who put their lives on the line for us every single day.  Purchase a Red Friday t-shirt on-line or at The Armed Forces History Museum in Largo, FL in the museum store.

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