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A great story of Iraq Veterans

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Dr.Who, Oct 10, 2003.

  1. Dr.Who

    Dr.Who Active Member

    Jan 31, 2003
    Subject: GREAT STORY!!

    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    for those who cannot because they are no longer with us. GOD BLESS
  2. Moparmike

    Moparmike Senior Member

    Jun 8, 2003
    Oddly enough, a downwardly-plunging firey handbask
    Good story. :)
  3. MuzzleBlast

    MuzzleBlast Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    My wife told me this story a while back:
    A National Guardsman was still in his BDU's at a grocery store. Little kid asks, "Are you an Army man?". "Yes." The kid hugs his leg and says, "Thank you for protecting me!"
  4. Glockster35

    Glockster35 Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Goldsboro, NC

    Please don't forget that many of these guys are only back on R&R, and will likely be returning to Iraq in less than 2 weeks. This is a newly instituted program.

    I am glad the military finally allowed these guys back for a bit of relaxation, but I wish they would hurry up and get congress to approve the bill that will pay for their transportation. As I know it right now the military is paying for the trip from Iraq to Ramstein AB, Germany or Baltimore, MD. From there, it's on the soldier to pay his way home and back to those places for the trip back to Iraq.

    To any of the Marines, Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen who are back on leave, or back for a bit longer, welcome back and I stand behind the actions you take in the gulf region. Make us proud, and stay safe!

    I am preparing to spend some time over there myself in the coming years, see you there.

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