I have a heart filled story that I said I would pass on to the Badger Blog Alliance. It was an email passed on to one of the participants at OnTheBorderLine.
It goes as follows:
Last week I was in Atlanta, Georgia attending a conference. While I was in the airport returning home, I heard several people behind me begin to clap and cheer. I immediately turned around and witnessed one of the greatest acts of patriotism I have ever seen.
Moving through the terminal was a group of soldiers in their camos. As they began heading to their gate everyone(well, almost everyone: went abruptly to their feet with their hands waving and cheering. When I saw the soldiers, probably thirty-forty of them, being applauded and cheered for it hit me. I’m not alone. I’m not the only red blooded American who still loves this country and supports our troops and their families.
Of course I immediately stopped and began clapping for those young unsung heroes, who are putting their lives on the line every day for us so we can go to school, work and home without fear of reprisal.
Just when I thought I could not be more proud of my country or of our service men and women, a young girl not more than six of seven years old ran up to one of the male soldiers. He kneeled down and said “Hi”. The little girl then asked him if he would give something to her Daddy for her.
The young soldier, who didn’t look any older than maybe twenty-two himself, said he would try, and what did she want to give her daddy? Then suddenly the little girl grabbed the neck of the soldier, gave him the biggest hug she could muster, and then kissed him on the cheek.
The mother of the little girl, who said her daughter’s name was Courtney, told the young soldier that her husband was a Marine who had been in Iraq for eleven months now. As the mother was explaining how much Courtney missed her father, the young soldier began to tear up.
When this temporarily single mom was done relating her situation, all of the soldiers huddled together for a brief second. Then one of the servicemen pulled out a military looking walkie-talkie. They started playing with the device and talking back and forth on it.
After about ten or fifteen seconds of this the young soldier walked back over to Courtney, bent down and said this to her. “I just spoke to your Daddy, he told me to tell you that he loves you more than anything and he is coming home very soon.” The mom at this point was crying almost uncontrollably and as the young soldier stood to his feet, he saluted Courtney and her mom. I was standing no more than six feet away from this entire event.
As the soldier began to head towards their gate, people resumed their applause. As I stood there applauding and looked around, there were very few dry eyes, including my own. That young soldier in the last act of selflessness, turned around and blew Courtney a kiss with a tear rolling down his cheek.
We need to remember every day all the soldiers and their families, and thank God for them and their sacrifices. At the end of the day, it’s good to be an American.
RED FRIDAY’S! Very soon you’ll see a great many people wearing red every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called “silent majority”. We no longer silent and are voicing our love for God, country, and home in record breaking numbers. We’re not organized, boisterous, and overbearing. We get no liberal media coverage on TV to reflect our messages or opinions.
Many Americans like you, and me, and all of our friends simple want to recognize that the vast majority of America supports our troops with dignity and respect, starts this Friday and continues each and every Friday until our troops have all come home. Sending a deafening message that every red-blooded American who supports our men and women afar will wear something red.
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Story at OnTheBorderLine