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    psycho9985 Guest

    The people who keep us free.

    Subject: THIS WAS SENT BY A FRIEND


    > 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.
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    > 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.
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    > 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 i! nform 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 let's 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 that others had paid the price for my ability to
    >moan and complain about a few minutes delay to "me" while those Heroes were
    > going home to their loved ones.
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    >
    >
    > 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 heroes
    >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 BLESSAMERICA!
    >
    >
    >
    > WELCOME HOME! AND THANKS FOR A JOB WELL DONE!!!!!
    >
    >


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    talkstoangels61 Guest

    Re: The people who keep us free.

    Thanks psycho.......................if only the world could be in peace!..................We need more of stories like this........................................Thanks for giving!

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    Chiledog Guest

    Re: The people who keep us free.

    Great story, psycho. Really great story....
    Thanks for posting it. It really puts our minor inconveniences into perspective.

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    RammieGirl Guest

    Re: The people who keep us free.

    Okay, great, thanks Psycho for putting tears in my eyes!!! What a great story!! Thanks for sharing with us!!

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    Re: The people who keep us free.

    I was in the military at a time when, honestly, there were signs in Virginia Beach that said "Dogs and Sailors stay off the grass". It is so rewarding to be able to hear that now, the general public loves and respects the military.

    However, this is cyclical. For the civilians who read this article, I hope you keep your patriotism active when the time will come that patriotism is the "in" thing to do.

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    SFCRamFan Guest

    Re: The people who keep us free.

    I was in the military at a time when, honestly, there were signs in Virginia Beach that said "Dogs and Sailors stay off the grass". It is so rewarding to be able to hear that now, the general public loves and respects the military.
    In over 22 years I have seen all sides of it Tx. I have honestly been hugged, thanked, and even spat upon and challenged to fights. You are right, it is cyclical. It's just a job to me; one that I love, nothing more or less. People are entitled to their opinions, and it doesn't bother me. I just despise ignorance and the politicizing of things.

    Oh, BTW, Semper Fi to you Tx. Our ClanRam Minister of Defense and Medic...

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    CarolinaRam Guest

    Re: The people who keep us free.

    Why does no one kiss the hand of the politician that sends them to war?

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    psycho9985 Guest

    Re: The people who keep us free.

    Quote Originally Posted by CarolinaRam
    Why does no one kiss the hand of the politician that sends them to war?
    Blame the terrorist they started it.
    I kind of remember 2 large towers in NY going down.

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    CarolinaRam Guest

    Re: The people who keep us free.

    Quote Originally Posted by psycho9985
    Blame the terrorist they started it.
    I kind of remember 2 large towers in NY going down.
    That didn't really answer my question.....

    Psycho, I know where you're coming from. It is impossible to overstate the magnitude of how the events on Sept. 11th have shaped American patriotism. I believe that there's a good chance that if 9/11 never happened, the current war would also never happened. I think it would be great if neither one ever existed.

    We've heard all the arguments from both sides, no need to rehash them here. My only statement is that if you believe 100% of what either side tells you, something is wrong. Neither cause is 100% noble.

    I having nothing but respect for our men & women who enlist in our military. My Dad was one of those men. He wanted me to be one, too. In high school I was courted by every branch of the military more than once. Something about my superior intellect. I still don't know what they were talking about! When it came down to it, I just wasn't prepared to live a life of such high discipline.

    So my hat goes off to anyone who has ever served in our military. Whether or not they've seen combat, whether or not they've ever stepped foot on foreign soil. My utmost thanks and respect.

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    psycho9985 Guest

    Re: The people who keep us free.

    Just stand with the Troops,and forget all the politics.
    We have a just cause and it getting done inspite of people like Kennedy and kerry,and all their hate America first crowd.

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