The Daughter Of A Soldier
Last week I was in Atlanta, Georgia attending a conference.
While I was in t e airport returning home, I heard several people
behind me begin to clap and ch er. I immediately turned around and witnessed one of the greatest acts of patr otism I have ever seen.
Moving through the terminal was a group of soldiers in their
camo's. As they began heading to their gate, everyone (well,
almost everyone) was abruptly to t eir feet with their hands waving
When I saw the soldiers, probably 30-40 of them being applauded
and cheered f r, it hit me. I'm not alone. I'm not the only
red-blooded American who still oves this country and supports our
troops and their families.
Of course, I immediately stopped and began clapping for these
young unsung he oes who are putting their lives on the line
everyday for us so we can go to sch ol, work and home without fear
Just when I thought I could not be more proud of my country or of
our service men and women, a young girl, not more than 6 or 7 years
old ran up to one of th male soldiers. He kneeled down and said,
The little girl then asked him if he would give something to her
Daddy for he .
The young soldier (he didn't look any older than 22) said he
would try, and a ked what she wanted to give her Daddy.
Then suddenly the little girl grabbed the neck of this soldier,
gave him the iggest hug she could muster and then kissed him on the
The mother of the little girl, who said her daughter's name was Courtney, tol the young soldier that her husband was a Marine and
had been in Iraq for 11 mo ths now.
As the Mom was explaining how much Courtney missed her father,
the young sold er began to tear up. When this temporarily single
Mom was done explaining her ituation, all of the soldiers huddled
together for a brief second.
Then one of the other servicemen pulled out a military looking walkie-talkie. They started playing with the device and talking
back and forth on it.
After about 10-15 seconds of this, the young soldier walked back
over to Cour ney, bent down and said this to her, "I spoke to your
Daddy and he told me to g ve this to you." He then hugged this
little girl that he had just met and gave her a kiss on the cheek.
He finished by saying, "Your Daddy told me to tell yo that he
loves you more than anything and he was coming home very soon."
The Mom at this point was crying almost uncontrollably and as the
young soldi r stood to his feet, he saluted Courtney and her Mom.
As the soldiers began to leave, heading towards their gate,
people resumed th ir applause. As I stood there applauding and
looked around, there were very fe dry eyes, including my own.
That young soldier, in one last act of selflessness, turned
around and blew a kiss to Courtney with a tear rolling down his
We need to remember everyday all of our soldiers and their
families and thank God for them and their sacrifices.
Now there are some of you out there who would follow the example of
Jane Fonda and condemn even the above soldiers, JUST because
If you do, you're a sick evil SOB deserving to be dressed up in a
brown shirt & speak only German!
Yes, there are arseholes in the military -- hate THEM!!!
Most of those you really hate are the administration, not the poor
victims in the ranks. . .
Most in the military are there because they want to protect YOU,
not because they want to kill women & children! Or torture ALLEGED suspects! (under orders, BTW!)
You're not throwing away your idealism of a war-free world by
praising the noble goals of the enlisted folks. . .
Praise them for their willingness to take risks on YOUR behalf, and
save your anger for those who actually earn it!
I, too, long for a world without war, but I know we won't get the
world we want by merely giving in to bullies!
(Did giving up your lunch money without question or fight ever lead
to a better school experience for you?)
Didn't you admire the one person who had the cojones to stand up to
the bully, ending his reign of terror?
Whatever you think of Bush, Cheney, & friends, that's not related
to the average man/woman in the troops!
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