Really. I wear red. It’s the kind of color that smacks you in the face and demands you sit up and pay attention. Its fireworks, and Coca-Cola and the sweet taste of ripe, juicy watermelon on a hot, summer day in Texas. It’s the color of holidays, and love, and passion. It’s the color I wore when I walked in an American Heart Association Heart Walk. It’s the color I wear when I cheer on my Texas Tech Red Raiders, and my son’s McKinney Boyd Broncos. It’s the color I will wear on Sunday to commemorate the Pentecost at church, and it’s the color I will wear on July 4th when I celebrate the birth of our great nation.
But today, and every Friday, I wear red because I care for our military personnel and their families, both active duty and veterans alike. I invite you to do the same.
Today, and every Friday, I wear red for my son, Kyle, and for his Army buddies who are now my adopted sons. I wear red for their moms and wives and children, and for the family members, churches and volunteers with Operation Appreciation who took it upon themselves to adopt my son and others during their deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. I wear red for Alex, an active duty sailor, who I still see as that sweet little junior high kid at church. I wear red for all the kids from church and from school, like Tyler, Chris, Roby, Nicole, and Stephen, a fine infielder for McKinney North High School, now an Army Lieutenant, actively engaged in preparing himself and others for future eventualities.
I wear red for my current heroes like, Serena and Nathan, and my childhood heroes, Uncle Butch, my grandfathers who served in WWII, and for my dad. And, I wear red for the young soldier whose smiling picture was carried in by another soldier during the welcome home ceremony I attended when my son’s unit returned from Iraq. The sight of that young man’s empty chair, draped with his unclaimed welcome home lei will forever be seared in my memory.
I wear red for McKinney’s Blue Star families, and most especially for our Gold Star families, and for those like Cathy Lennox, and Ronnie Foster who work diligently to make sure that we as a community never forget those who serve or those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
So yes. Really. I wear red. Why don’t you?
Let’s Paint This Town Red! The TownSquareBuzz foundation has launched a local Red Shirt Friday campaign to generate awareness for service members, veterans and their families around town. Proceeds from t-shirt sales will benefit Community Lifeline Center, who will provide direct services to veterans in Collin County.