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Subject: A Great Story
>Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2003 19:21:05 EDT
>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 well. 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 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

This was actually a chain mail letter but I edited that out of the end.


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