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07/28/06

Wearing Red on Fridays in Support of Troops

The dangers for American soldiers in Iraq can be tough on families back home. Part of the problem is the distance. But we found a Statesboro woman connecting with her son serving overseas, and the colorful idea's catching on.

Like most of us, Carla Sydow deletes many of the chain emails she gets. But one from the wife of a deployed soldier caught her eye.

"It was about a mother and daughter in the airport in Atlanta," she said. "Everyone started applauding because 30 to 40 troops came through with camos on. The little girl asked one if he could give her daddy something and he bent down and asked her what. She gave him a kiss and a hug."

With an Air Force son deployed in Iraq and a National Guard husband just back, the story tugged her heart. It came with a request. To symbolize the American blood shed in Iraq, the soldier asked those here at home to wear red on Fridays.

Carla says, regardless of how you feel about the president or the war, her wearing red is about the troops. She shared the email with her coworkers and many followed suit. For those who forget or wear uniforms, she has plenty of red ribbon.

"This is something I have to do," she said. "I know I'm only one person, but I've always been taught one person can make a difference."

She hopes the soldiers in harm's way will at least know they're on the minds of those back home. 

Carla's sister lives in Seattle. And her coworkers are wearing red on Fridays as well. She's heard it's catching on in other places as well, thanks to her email.

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com

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