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Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Tue, 21st Oct '08 6:42 PM


Sunday morning I was eating breakfast at DFW airport waiting for my flight to Salt Lake City. At about 7:15 a.m., I heard applause from down the hallway at the gate area but couldn't tell what was going on. In a minute, I looked up at the second level of the gate area and a long line of military personnel walked down the aisle toward another part of the terminal. They were dressed in fatigues and I suspect were home after a tour of duty. As they passed, passengers waiting for their flights, airport airport employees and airline staff stood up and began clapping.

This was a spontaneous show of appreciation, and there had to be at least 150 soldiers walking through. They looked a little suprised to see the attention, but you could see some smiles on tired faces and a few of them waved.

It gave me goosebumps.

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Tue, 21st Oct '08 7:13 PM

The first time I saw my son in uniform -- was of course at his graduation from basic training from the Air Force in San Antonio -- I will never forget, searching the crowd for him -- and when my eyes lit upon him -- he was so, well beautiful -- so young, so strong, so many other things that I can not put into words. I am so proud of him, as I am of all the men and women, that serve in our Armed Forces -- he looked so incredible and so incredibly tired -- his first words to me..
"you are so short!"
I love that boy!

1mks  (Level: 221.1 - Posts: 5930)
Tue, 21st Oct '08 7:29 PM

We need more posts like this. I actually got all misty.

Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1139)
Tue, 21st Oct '08 8:07 PM

Wow - that's awesome. And I totally agree with Marsha!

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Tue, 21st Oct '08 8:08 PM

That's exactly how I felt when my son graduated in San Diego (Marines). Watching him ranked amongst the proudest moments I've felt for him in my life (birth, first day of school, the day he asked Jesus into his heart and was baptized, graduation from high school are the others). Watching him march.....bumping into him and feeling like I had just bumped into a rocky mountain. Later watching the men under his command and the respect in their eyes. I learned why "once a Marine, always a Marine" and how these people really are brothers (and sisters) forever.

Mplaw51  (Level: 185.5 - Posts: 1580)
Wed, 22nd Oct '08 6:29 AM

Great post, it made me misty as well.

Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 853)
Wed, 22nd Oct '08 7:27 AM

I saw a very similar scene at Atlanta's airport this summer. Yep, it was awesome.

Lettermanfan1  (Level: 88.3 - Posts: 486)
Wed, 22nd Oct '08 8:30 AM

My son just got out of the military, and I can't tell you how many people have said Thank you after I've introduced him. Makes me tear up just thinking about it.

Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Wed, 22nd Oct '08 10:15 AM

Though I am in abject disagreement with this war (conflict, whatever the administration chooses to call it), I am in total support of the young men and women in the military. Theirs is a burden thrust upon them on our behalf.

Bless them all and may we see more return safely...

Caramel1  (Level: 136.3 - Posts: 21615)
Wed, 22nd Oct '08 11:12 AM

Felix should post here with his usual, "GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS"-yes, indeed-Linda

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Wed, 22nd Oct '08 11:33 AM

Amen Phitzy -- and Linda, God bless our troops --

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