Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Traveling Patriot

I got this from Tara's blog and I love it!! I had to share!!!!

This is one of those emails you want to share with EVERYONE! Feel free to copy and paste and share!

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 he 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, and 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 their life.'

That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.'

May God give you the strength and courage to pass this along

1 comment:

Simply Joy Catering said...

Hey Girlie,

Ok, you have to have it filled out before you get up there. You will need to know some specific info that goes on it. It only takes about 15 minutes to fill them out. Get your pictures taken at Walgreens and make sure and call the Post Office and get your apt. made. It takes about 30 minutes for them to do their part. You will have to pay by checks. Each of you will have to write two checks. One is to the Passport Office and goes in with the application and the other is for Postage. Don't be shocked, it cost about $300 for the two of you to get your passports. The good thing is that they last for 10 years. It will take them about 4 weeks to get them to you. My sisters took a little bit longer. DO NOT PAY FOR THEM TO BE SHIPPED THE EXPEDITED WAY! Oh, I forgot....YOU HAVE TO TAKE YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE WITH YOU AND YOUR DRIVERS LISCENSE. If you don't have a birth certificate with the big red stamp on it, you can go out to the Health Dept. and get one for $8. It only takes about 5 minutes to get one.

Thanks for all of your help and for you sweet comments about the pictures! I will keep you in mind again for any more big ta-do's again!

Oh, by the way, tell "Our sweet Boy" that John bought a lawn mower yesterday for a steal. Some man had bought one and only used it twice and needed some "quick cash".

Talk to you soon,

I hope you enjoyed that Strawberry Cake. I promise your's will be even better!