Wear Red on Fridays-Grass Roots Movement

Wear Red on FridaysGrass Roots Movement!

Summary of eRumor:

An email that urges Americans to wear Red on Fridays as a display of support for U.S. troops fighting overseas.

The Truth:

We’ve not been able to trace where or how this started or how widespread it is.

It is common for someone to get an idea like this and send it to as many people as possible, hoping that it will become a national trend.

There doesn’t seem to be any major sponsoring group at this point in the U.S. but there are numerous websites and blogs encouraging wearing Red on Fridays to support the troops.

There is an official movement in Canada sponsored by the Red Fridays Foundation of Canada.  It urges wearing Red on Fridays to show support for the Canadian military both at home and abroad.

Grass roots efforts do sometimes work.  Shortly after the Attack on America on September 11, 2001, a grass-roots email got started  that urged Americans to take a solemn moment to join together in remembering those who lost their lives and to unite in a stand against terrorism.
The email said that on the Friday after 9/11, people should all light a candle at 7:00pm and stand in front of their homes, businesses, or even next to their cars if they had been driving.  Multiplied millions of people did so and media from coast to coast carried stories about folks lining up along streets in neighborhoods and cities and joining together in grief, anger, and a show of support for fighting the terrorists.

Posted 7/8/05