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  1. BEHJR

    BEHJR 1/2 ton status

    Mar 28, 2003
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    Plano Tx USA
    From a good friend. To those of you in the service. Pass this along. We APPRECIATE what you guys and gals are doing.
    Thanks and come on home.


    Subject: FW: The trip home

    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. 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
    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. 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 inform 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 lets 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 and one gal 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 others
    paid the price for my ability to moan and complain about a few minutes
    delay to "me" those Heroes going home to their loved ones. 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 hero's 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 BLESS

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