Blackfive is reporting that the e-mail count has gone up to 4,900. (and I'm betting getting Malkinized is the reason for the big jump) Plus a new incentive has been added to get over the top:
Sgt. Deboard writes this morning to tell us that we're at 4,970 emails. The sudden jump -- two days ago we were at 1,700 and slowing -- has gotten him wondering just how many emails will really come in.
The Marines he's been passing them out to are very pleased. They may not have time to write back, of course, but he wanted you to know it's making a difference to them.
So much of a difference, in fact, that the RCT wants to do a little something to celebrate. They've decided to send a gift to the 6,000th person to email them.
They'll fly an American flag at RCT-6 HQ, and them mail it to you. The flags will come with a certificate showing your name and the date on which it was flown. It's the Regimental Combat Team's way of showing you how much they appreciate all the support that has suddenly been flowing their way.
If they get 10,000 emails, they'll do it again for the 10,000th. And if they someday get 20,000 -- it's hard to say how many emails might eventually show up over time -- they will do it yet again.
I know none of you who've written did it with the thought that the RCT might send you something in return -- we did it for the Marines. They've noticed, though, and it's meant a lot to them.
The idea, in case you missed the first time, is to send a note of support to the Marines. Just to let them know that we support them and the sacrifice they're making for us and for America.
And I've got some advice on getting it done. Just start it. And don't even address why the anti-military, anti-America, anti-Bush side is wrong. Just tell this one Marine why you appreciate what he (or she) doing for us. I think the mail might write itself.
One problem I hadn't thought about was gender. What if your Marine turns out to be female? Best thing, I think, is to avoid gender specific pronouns and forgo the fart jokes, even if you know some hilarious ones.
The address again is: