Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veteran's Day

Stop and say a prayer today for all the Veteran's who have made it possible for us to have our freedoms. I also wanted to share a couple of great emails that I have recieved that pertain to our veterans.

THOSE WHO TRY TO KEEP THEIR LIVES WILL LOOSE THEM. BUT THOSE WHO GIVE UP THEIR LIVES WILL SAVE THEM.
LUKE 17:33

It is the VETERAN , not the preacher, Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the VETERAN , not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the VETERAN , not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the VETERAN , not the campus organizer, Who has given us freedom to assemble.
It is the VETERAN , not the lawyer, Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the VETERAN , not the politician, Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the VETERAN Who salutes the Flag,
It is the veteran Who serves under the Flag, ETERNAL REST GRANT THEM O LORD, AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM.
I'd be EXTREMELY proud if this email reached as many as possible. We can be very proud of our young men and women in the service no matter where they serve. God Bless them all!!!



The Sack Lunches

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.
'Chicago - to Great Lakes Base. We'll be there for two weeks for special training, and then we're being deployed to Iraq '

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 Chicago, 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 Chicago '

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, an 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 in Chicago 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 my life.' That is Honor, and there are way too many people in This country who no longer understand it.'


Stop and Thank a Soldier today!

4 comments:

Granny Annie said...

Thosse stories help make up for the ones about spitting on our returning Vietnam Veterans and yelling baby-killer at our returning Iraqi Veterans. At least today maybe more will honor than defame.

Nice comment Bonnie.

Brenda said...

Thanks Bonnie for the beautiful post. Hope you have a blessed day.

Andi said...

Oh Bonnie...what a wonderful post. And how appropriate for Veteran's Day.

After reading the first comment left by granny annie I remember my brother Todd saying that someone suggested to him on a flight back to the states in the late 60's that perhaps he should change out of his uniform and into civilian clothes so no one would spit on him when he got stateside. Unfortunatley that's the thanks that were given to our returning Viet Nam vets...NONE...only disrespect.

Cecile said...

This is a very touching post I enjoyed reading it!!Thanks for sharing::))