R.E.D. Fridays, a way to remember our deployed military.

What is Red Friday?

RED is the acronym for Remember Everyone Deployed. Red Fridays were created to remind Americans that we still have men and women in war zones throughout the world and to let those troops know we are thinking of them.. Simply enough by wearing something red.

As a wife who’s husband has been deployed, I love seeing people wearing red on Fridays. It doesn’t matter if they do it for the same reason I do, it still makes me stop and remember our deployed military.

Even if those men and women aren’t always aware of our efforts to show support, their wives and husbands here at home are…. And we appreciate it. Having someone you love in a combat zone is very difficult. Knowing that people appreciate our military member’s service, makes it worth what we as military spouses go through during deployment.

How did Red Friday start?

An email chain. Yes, an email chain… According to Snopes.com the chain letter read:

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, would like to start a grassroots movement using the membership of the Special Operations Association, and Special Forces Associations, and all their friends, simply to recognize that Americans support our troops. We need to inform the local VFW’s and American Legion, our local press, local TV, and continue carrying the message to the national levels as we start to get this going. 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!

Let’s get the word out and lead by example; wear RED on Fridays.

Please forward this to everyone you know!!


I love this concept, which is why I participate… I was surprised to read that Canada adopted the idea before it picked up in the United States. Never-the-less, it did become a thing here as well.

I have been participating for at least 15+ years, despite the info I found which recorded that the concept didn’t start in the U.S. until 2006…I dispute that date. I remember wearing red on Fridays shortly after 9/11.

“As long as blood is shed, I will wear Red.”

Until all our troops are home with their families, I will show my support for their sacrifice.  It is my hope that I see that day….


Do you support RED Fridays? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Join me on Fridays by sharing your RED Friday pics on Learning to Fly’s Facebook : www.Facebook.com/spreadyourwings22/

Until next time…

~Spread your wings!!




8 thoughts on “R.E.D. Fridays, a way to remember our deployed military.”

    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one who remembers it right after 9/11!
      We definitely don’t see it as much, I’m hoping to help bring it back!


    1. I’m not surprised that you didn’t hear of it even being a DoD contractor, I’ve talked to other military wives that haven’t heard of it either.. Such a simple way to show support though!


  1. My husband has been in for a few years and I have never heard of this. Before my husband joined, I only occasionally thought about what members of the military are doing for us on a daily basis. It’s good to spread more awareness. I also truly hope to see a day where no one is deployed!

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    1. Kaitlynn, thank your husband for his service and thank you for yours.
      I’m not surprised you haven’t heard of it..it’s never been a huge thing, sadly enough. I think it should be. Hopefully along with other mil wives, we can make it bigger than it has ever been.


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