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Old 03-03-2009, 09:26 AM
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Default A sack lunch filled with pride!

I didn't take this trip, didn't write this story, but would like to believe I would do the same thing were I in the writer's shoes. This story made me shed a tear. . .even putting it down here made me cry again. Let's let our military men know how proud of them we are at every opportunity!

I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in
My Assigned seat. It was going to be a long flight. 'I'm glad I
Have a good book to read. Perhaps I will get a short nap,' I thought.

Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the aisle
And Filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding me. I
decided to start a conversation. 'Where are you headed?' I asked the
Soldier Seated nearest to me.

'Petawawa. We'll be there for two weeks for special training,
and then we're being deployed to Afghanistan

After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made that
sack lunches were available for five dollars. It would be several
hours before we reached the east, and I quickly decided a lunch
Would help Pass the time..

As I reached for my wallet, I overheard soldier ask his buddy
if he Planned to buy lunch. 'No, that seems like a lot of money for
just a sack lunch. Probably wouldn't be worth five bucks. I'll wait
till we Get to base '

His friend agreed.

I looked around at the other soldiers. None were buying
lunch. I walked to the back of the plane and handed the flight
attendant a fifty dollar bill. 'Take a lunch to all those soldiers.' She
grabbed my arms and squeezed tightly. Her eyes wet with tears, she
thanked me. 'My son was a soldier in Iraq ; it's almost like you
Are doing it for him.'

Picking up ten sacks, she headed up the aisle to where the
soldiers were seated. She stopped at my seat and asked, 'Which do you
like best - beef or chicken?'

'Chicken,' I replied, wondering why she asked. She turned and
went to the front of plane, returning a minute later with a dinner
Plate from first class. 'This is your thanks.'

After we finished eating, I went again to the back of the
plane, heading for the rest room. A man stopped me. 'I saw what you
Did. I want to be part of it. Here, take this.' He handed me twenty-five dollars.

Soon after I returned to my seat, I saw the Flight Captain coming down
the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he walked, I hoped ge was
not looking for me, but noticed he was looking at the numbers
only on my side of the plane. When he got to my row he stopped,
smiled, held out his hand, an said, 'I want to shake your hand.'

Quickly unfastening my seatbelt I stood and took the Captain's
hand. With a booming voice he said, 'I was a soldier and I was a
military pilot. Once, someone bought me a lunch. It was an act of
kindness I never forgot.' I was embarrassed when applause was heard from
all of the passengers.

Later I walked to the front of the plane so I could stretch my legs. A man who was seated about six rows in front of me reached out his hand, wanting to shake mine. He left another twenty-five Dollars in my palm.

When we landed I gathered my belongings and started to deplane.
Waiting just inside the airplane door was a man who stopped me, put
something in my shirt pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a
Word. Another twenty-five dollars!

Upon entering the terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering for their trip to the base. I walked over to them and handed them seventy-five dollars. 'It will take you some time to reach the base. It will be about time for a sandwich. God Bless You.'

Ten young men left that flight feeling the love and respect of their fellow travelers. As I walked briskly to my car, I whispered a prayer for their safe return. These soldiers were giving their all for our country. I could only give them a couple of meals.

It seemed so little...

A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check
made payable to 'The United States of America ' for an amount of 'up
to and including my life.'

That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who
No longer understand it.'
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Old 03-03-2009, 10:07 AM
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brought a TEAR TO ME... MY DH IS A VET...WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE LET THEM KNOW HOW MUCH WE APPRREICATE THEIR TIME AND SERVICE...
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brought a TEAR TO ME... MY DH IS A VET...WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE LET THEM KNOW HOW MUCH WE APPRREICATE THEIR TIME AND SERVICE...
For sure Grams...DH and DS are Vets and what seem like small acts of kindness can go further than most can imagine.

My son had on a Iraqi Vet t shirt I bought him on the 4th of July. He was waiting in a huge line to go into the Statue of Liberty. The folks told the gate keeper to let him go in first. That was the highlight of his trip.
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Yes small gestures of thought and appreciation can go a long way...Even to people just because.!!!!!
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Oh, what a great story!!!
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