It was early morning when we arrived in
The flight was uneventful, the landing was smooth and I was anxious to grab a quick breakfast and a cup of coffee before we boarded the next flight to
As we taxied towards the gate a flight attendant came over the loudspeaker, “Welcome to
As the plane came to a complete stop, there was no movement as the entire plane sat in silence. Tears welling in my tired eyes I could not help but think of what it means for all of us "returning home". We all watched with honor and respect as a highly decorated Sgt. quietly arose from his seat, retrieved his bag from the overhead compartment and started walking off the plane. Once he had deplaned, about 10 other soldiers stood up, grabbed their backpacks and followed him off the plane. The sight of this was overwhelming, and my heart just ached at the thought of a very different family reunion. Heavy tears now running down my cheeks we gathered our own bags and walked, in silence, off the plane that had instantly become sacred ground.
I have though a lot about that Soldier during the past few weeks and the soldier's whose job it is to ensure that every fallen soldier returns home.
It is with great honor and deep appreciation that I say, Thank you, to all of our armed services, your dedication to this country is a gift. May you all safely return home to the loving open arms of your families.