1 Bravo 6 Posted September 7, 2003 Share #1 Posted September 7, 2003 I received the following from another member of the Society of The 173rd Airborne Brigade and thought I'd pass it on to you all.Rick.IT IS A GOOD FEELING TO KNOW THAT SOME PEOPLE TRUELY APPRECIATE THE "VETERAN".Subject: Fw: Fw: Perspective > Perspective> >> > I sat in my seat of the Boeing 767> > waiting for everyone to hurry and stow their> > carry-ons and grab a seat so we could start what I> > was sure to be a long, uneventful flight home. With> > the huge capacity and slow moving people taking> > their time to stuff luggage far too big for the> > overhead and never paying much attention to holding> > up the growing line behind them, I simply shook my> > head knowing that this flight was not starting out> > very well.> >> > I was anxious to get home to see my> > loved ones so I was focused on "my" issues and just> > felt like standing up and yelling for some of these> > clowns to get their act together. I knew I couldn't> > say a word so I just thumbed thru the "Sky Mall"> > magazine from the seat pocket in front of me. You> > know it's really getting rough when you resort to> > the over priced, useless sky mall crap to break the> > monotony. With everyone finally seated, we just sat> > there with the cabin door open and no one in any> > hurry to get us going although we were well past the> > scheduled take off time. No wonder the airline> > industry is in trouble I told myself.> >> > Just then, the attendant came on the> > intercom to inform us all that we were being> > delayed. The entire plane let out a collective> > groan. She resumed speaking to say "We are holding> > the aircraft for some very special people who are on> > their way to the plane and the delay shouldn't be> > more than 5 minutes.> >> > The word came after waiting six times as> > long as we were promised that "I" was finally going> > to be on my way home. Why the hoopla over "these"> > folks? I was expecting some celebrity or sport> > figure to be the reason for the hold up.........Just> > get their butts in a seat and lets hit the gas I> > thought.> >> > The attendant came back on the speaker> > to announce in a loud and excited voice that we were> > being joined by several U. S. Marines returning home> > from Iraq!!! Just as they walked on board, the> > entire plane erupted into applause. The men were a> > bit taken by surprise by the 340 people cheering for> > them as they searched for their seats. They were> > having their hands shook and touched by almost> > everyone who was within an arm's distance of them as> > they passed down the aisle. One elderly woman kissed> > the hand of one of the Marines as he passed by her.> > The applause, whistles and cheering didn't stop for> > a long time.> >> > When we were finally airborne, "I" was> > not the only civilian checking his conscience as to> > the delays in "me" getting home, finding my easy> > chair, a cold beverage and the remote in my hand.> > These men had done for all of us and I had been> > complaining silently about "me" and "my" issues. I> > took for granted the everyday freedoms I enjoy and> > the conveniences of the American way of life I took> > for granted others paid the price for my ability to> > moan and complain about a few minutes delay to "me"> > those Heroes going home to their loved ones.> >> > I attempted to get my selfish outlook> > back in order and minutes before we landed I> > suggested to the attendant that she announce over> > the speaker a request for everyone to remain in> > their seats until our hero's were allowed to gather> > their things and be first off the plane. The cheers> > and applause continued until the last Marine stepped> > off and we all rose to go about our too often taken> > for granted everyday freedoms......... I felt proud> > of them. I felt it an honor and a privilege to be> > among the first to welcome them home and say Thank> > You for a job well done. I vowed that I will never> > forget that flight nor the lesson learned.> >> > I can't say it enough, THANK YOU to> > those Veterans and active servicemen and women who> > may read this and a prayer for those who cannot> > because they are no longer with us. GOD BLESS> > AMERICA! WELCOME HOME! AND THANKS FOR A JOB WELL> > DONE !!!!!AGREED,Rick.> > Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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