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05-04-06, 03:14 PM #1
A Simple Thank You
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A Simple Thank You
Body: A Simple Thank You
Last week, while traveling to Chicago on business, I noticed a Marine sergeant traveling with a folded flag, but did not put two and two together. After we'd boarded our flight, I turned to the sergeant, who'd been invited to sit in First Class (and was seated across from me), and inquired if he was heading home.
"No," he responded.
"Heading out?" I asked.
"No. I'm escorting a soldier home."
"Going to pick him up?"
"No. He is with me right now. He was killed in Iraq. I'm taking him home to his family."
The realization of what he had been asked to do hit me like a punch to the gut. It was an honor for him. He told me that, although he didn't know the soldier, he had delivered the news of his passing to the soldier's family and felt as if he did know them after so many conversations in so few days. I turned back to him, extended my hand, and said, "Thank you. Thank you for doing what you do so my family and I can do what we do."
Upon landing in Chicago the pilot stopped short of the gate and made the following announcement over the intercom.
"Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to note that we have had the honor of having Sergeant Steeley of theUnited States Marine Corps join us on this flight. He is escorting a fallen comrade back home to his family. I ask that you please remain in your seats when we open the forward door [so as to] allow Sergeant Steeley to deplane and receive his fellow soldier. We will then turn off the seat belt sign."
Without a sound, all went as requested. I noticed the sergeant saluting the casket as it was brought off the plane, and his action made me realize that I am proud to be an American. So here's a public thank-you to our military for doing what you do so we can live the way we do.
Stuart Margel, Washington, D.C.
Below are two seperate, unrelated photos...
Here are two pictures that were awarded first and second place at the picture of the year international this year. Very very touching photos.
When 2nd Lt. James Cathey's body arrived at the Reno Airport, Marines climbed into the cargo hold of the plane and draped the flag over his casket as passengers watched the family gather on the tarmac. During the arrival of another Marine's casket last year at Denver International Airport, Major Steve Beck described the scene as one of the most powerful in the process: "See the people in the windows? They'll sit right there in the plane, watching those Marines. You gotta wonder what's going through their minds, knowing that they're on the plane that brought him home," he said. "They're going to remember being on that plane for the rest of their lives. They're going to remember bringing that Marine home. And they should."
The night before the burial of her husband's body, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets below the flag. Before she fell asleep, she opened her laptop computer and played songs that reminded her of 'Cat,' and one of the Marines asked if she wanted them to continue standing watch as she slept. "I think it would be kind of nice if you kept doing it," she said. "I think that's what he would have wanted."
05-04-06, 07:26 PM #2
That's pretty amazing....thanks for posting it.No one has greater love than this, to lay down ones life for ones friends - John 15:13
"The Wicked Flee When No Man Pursueth: But The Righteous Are Bold As A Lion".
We lucky few, we band of brothers. For he who today sheds his blood with me shall be my brother.
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05-04-06, 07:43 PM #3
I've recently read this and tears fill my eyes once again. Truly a moving experience. Thanks for posting it.
A smile cost nothing, but gives so much.
It enriches those who receive it,without making poorer those who give.It takes but a moment, but the memoryof it sometimes lasts forever.
None is so rich or mighty that hecan get along without it,and none is so poor but thathe can be made rich by it.
A smile creates happiness in the home,fosters goodwill in business,and is the countersign of friendship.
It brings rest to the weary,cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad,and it is nature's best antidote for trouble.
Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed,or stolen, for it is something that is of novalue to anyone until it is given away.
Some people are too tired to give you a smile.Give them one of yours, as none needs a smileso much as he who has no more to give.
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05-04-06, 07:57 PM #4
Wow thanks for posting that. That was amazing.Thereís a promise I need you to make
While Iím gone you take care of the love
And Iíll deal with the hate.
Donít worry about me; Iíll be all right
Just care for your children and sleep tight
Iíll keep you safe on my watch tonight
On My Watch Tonight - Mike Corrado
05-04-06, 07:58 PM #5
Great post. Thanks for sharing it with us.Former member of the LNC
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05-06-06, 03:06 AM #6
Thanks for sharing.
05-06-06, 05:05 AM #7UK police officer
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As a former member of Her Majesty's military forces for 6 years in the early 1990's...your tribute weighs heavy in my heart.
God bless the forces of our nations, in the ongoing fight against evil....
It's nice to know we can rely on each other...isn't it?'The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.'
05-06-06, 09:52 AM #8
Its good to see that not all have forgotten those that we have lost and continue to loose in a battle for freedom across the globe. What a lot of folks fail to realize is that the soldiers fight not only for their freedoms but for the freedoms of all of us and those across the globe.
RIP fallen soldier.
May those that lost their lives in 9-11 RIP, for the things you did not many could do. You left so many behind so that you could save so few. For now we stand strong as one, and will not look back till the fight is done. (me)Being the best is not what always counts. What counts is always trying your best.
Remember who you are, and where you came from. That way you never get a big head.
May those that lost their lives in 9-11 RIP, for the things you did not many could do. You left so many behind so that you could save so few. For now we stand strong as one, and will not look back till the fight is done. (me)
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05-06-06, 02:41 PM #91*girl GuestOriginally Posted by Operator13
05-06-06, 03:33 PM #10
Most people that know me, will tell you that I am tuff as nails. This Post brought tears to this old Army man.
Thank you for the post.
05-06-06, 05:53 PM #11
Thank you for sharing that post.
05-06-06, 09:29 PM #12
Excellent post!K-9 When the door pops...The bullshit stops!
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05-07-06, 02:59 AM #13Rookie
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The picture of the wife sleeping next to her husband one last time brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing.
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