You know what I love?
A good story. A good story about some every day person going out of their way to do a good thing for someone else.
Just because they can.
The kind of story that restores your faith in humanity; especially when so much of it is lost due to all the tragedy and absolute horror in the media today.
I found this particular story on the Good News Network’s page on Facebook page today.
This Monday, November 4, 13 Marines were finally headed home from serving in Afghanistan. About an hour before their landing at O’Hare Airport in Chicago a USO volunteer got word of their arrival. With only an hour to go he arranged a hero’s welcome for them which included firetrucks spraying archs of water for the plane to fly through and a group of cheering firefighters, police officers and airport employees when they stepped off of the plane.
That isn’t the best part though. American Airlines has a policy where they always upgrade servicemen and women in uniform if possible. On the flight the 13 marines were taking out of Chicago there were six empty seats in first-class which were given to six marines. This was followed by seven first class passengers giving up their seats and moving to coach to allow these marines to all sit together in first class, where they deserve to be, on the flight.
That’s amazing. These men and women put their lives on the line for us and our freedoms (which we take for granted) daily. Unfortunately though, I’ve been told that sometimes they feel as though we have all forgotten the sacrifices they’re making. We should be ashamed of ourselves as Americans for letting any serviceman or woman feel as though they don’t have 110% of our appreciation. I don’t know about you, but I know for a fact that I couldn’t handle a couple of days of what these men and women go through day in and day out.
With that said, the holidays are quickly approaching and you’ll probably be seeing a lot of servicemen and women home for Christmas leave. When you do, make an effort to approach them and at least thank them for their service and sacrifices.
A simple “thank you” can be a powerful thing.
To read the full story follow this link: http://news.yahoo.com/13-marines-impromptu-chicago-airport-welcome-073124637.html?soc_src=mediacontentsharebuttons
I’d also like to ask you guys for a favor, I have a friend who is a marine who was recently involved in an awful automobile accident last week. The accident had him in “critical, yet stable” condition, he’s still in the hospital now and from what I have heard he is recovering well, though he still has a ways to go. If you don’t mind, please include him and his family in your prayers tonight. We all know how amazing and powerful God is.
God bless all of you,
God bless our troops,
and God Bless America!
P.S. Early this morning you guys got this blog to over 500 views. You’re amazing and I’m so blessed. I can’t thank you enough for the support!