March 10 2009


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.’ 

Blue Fridays. 

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, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of America supports our troops. Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity and respect starts this Friday — and continues each and every Friday until the troops all come home, sending a deafening message that every red-blooded American who supports our men and women afar, will wear something blue. By word of mouth, press, TV — let’s make the United States on every Friday a sea of blue much like a homecoming football game in the bleachers. If every one of us who loves this country will share this with acquaintances, coworkers, friends, and family, it will not be long before the USA is covered in BLUE and it will 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.’ Let’s get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example, and wear something blue every Friday. 

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7 Responses to “WILL YOU WEAR BLUE?”

  1. FLNative says:

    My heart is aching. A picture tells the story….. to much sorrow

  2. Z from Chicago says:

    Thank you. I will wear blue every Friday.

  3. Z from Chicago says:

    I’m passing the Wear Blue on Fridays idea around on a number of fora that I participate in. Plus emails.

  4. army_sweetheart says:

    feel so proud of his dedication and the sacrifice him and his family made… so heart breaking and touching the final hours of the couple together. Very hard not to cry.

  5. Tracy from Lubbock, Texas says:

    May God Bless his wife and family. We have all been blessed by his sacrifice. I will definitely be wearing blue on Fridays and inform all people I come across to also do this, in support of our military.

  6. Barb says:

    Supporting our troops and their families is wonderful. There has been a movement for a few years that has encouraged people to wear red on Fridays in support of our military heros. Maybe the two ideas can be combined in some way to make even more of an impact! Hopefully people will also do something concrete in support of the people who risk everything to keep us free. Do a search of military support groups…there are hundreds.

  7. You bet I will wear blue on Friday. Supporting our troops in any way possible is my goal. I also fly my flag daily and will continue to do as long as we have brave men and women in Foreign lands fighting for our freedom. God bless them all and watch over them and their familes.

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