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Memorial Day Reminder

Old 05-26-2018, 04:02 PM
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A friend of mine was flying home to Milwaukee from FLA yesterday. He posted this over on Facebook. I'm not gonna lie, I teared up a bit reading it.

As we boarded the plane to come back from Orlando yesterday, it was hard for everyone to not notice the two uniformed and decorated Navy men sitting in the front seats of the plane, one in a formal navy uniform and the other wearing a uniform showing him as a member of Seal Team Ten. By best guess, they were about 24 or 25 yrs old. In between them, the seat was occupied by a triangular-folded American flag. They were escorting their Navy brother home to his final place of rest.

As we landed, an SUV escort with its police lights on sped alongside the plane as it eventually slowed from its landing and taxied over to its gate. At the gate were more official vehicles with their police lights flashing silently, a row of uniformed men with their hats off and, between them, a family of 6 standing shoulder to shoulder in understandable, complete misery. A mother and father, and four teen/tween children...all with a plane full of strangers staring out the window watching them await the worst moments of their lives. The mother stood solid but, upon the plane stopping in front of her, had bursted into tears. Behind them waited a hearse.

As the uniformed escorts stood to get off the plane, everyone else reverently stayed in their seats, denying that urge to stand and frantically start preparing to get off the plane. One of the Navy men’s mouth moved silently as he practiced what he was going to say. As they walked off, someone yelled, “God bless you boys!” as many passengers and flight attendants wiped away tears.

Inside the airport, the windows overlooked the scene and everyone stopped to observe. Out of respect, no one talked. No one let their kids talk. Hats were off and hands were on hearts.

As the uniformed escorts approached the family, the mother and father broke. The father, only about 40 yrs old, collapsed into a hug with one of the soldiers and didn’t let go for minutes.

And, as this was all happening, the only sound you could hear in the airport was the airport TV, with nonchalant and upbeat news reports about casualties in some barely-newsworthy military fight somewhere else in the world, and updates on world leaders tweeting about whose nukes were bigger like they were comparing dick sizes.

This Memorial Day, I got an honest glimpse of what this holiday is about. As I was preparing for a weekend of yardwork, some grilling, and a couple beers, being witness to this horrible, sad sight was somewhat of a blessing to me in that it forced me to really think of what Memorial Day is intended for.

I wish everyone could see the gravity and effect of each one of the deaths that get reported each day on the news, no matter what country they’re talking about.

Human children who have been nurtured, loved, invested in, and raised right since they were infants really leave home and venture out to fight for their country, and they really die doing what’s good for all of us. It’s irresponsible for world leaders to use these men and women as disposable pieces to back up their egos and pride points. And it’s irresponsible to take for granted the people that are doing the fighting and dying.

“God bless you boys.”
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Old 05-26-2018, 04:10 PM
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I have nothing but respect and admiration for our fallen conflict heroes.

My only wish is that there were less of them.
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Old 05-26-2018, 05:37 PM
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Great story, albeit sad. I had a similar experience on a SWA flight a few years back. Captain came on the intercom and informed everyone what was going to happen. Same thing with two honor guard in full dress seated in row 1.

Everyone on the plane sat still and silent while the two soldiers deplaned and met their fallen brother on the tarmac. I could see it out from my window seat. I still tear up today when I think about it. It was surreal, yet very real.

God Bless all of our soldiers past, present and future,
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Old 05-26-2018, 05:43 PM
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Fake story
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Originally Posted by Saltydawg15 View Post
Fake story

Not sure about the OP's story, but my experience was very real....
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Originally Posted by Saltydawg15 View Post
Fake story
Admittedly, I wasn't on the plane, but he's not the kind of guy that I could see making up a story like this.
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Old 05-26-2018, 07:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Saltydawg15 View Post
Fake story
Could this be the biggest JO comment of this Memorial Day weekend?
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May be a fake story (I seem to recall a similar story every Memorial Day), but I think the message is still valid. God bless our fallen soldiers. May they never be forgotten.
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Old 05-26-2018, 08:50 PM
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He copied this story, it comes up every year.
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