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Welcome Home a Hero

August 27, 2010

What a great morning we had!  I’m not sure if you’ve seen this video that’s been floating around of President and Mrs. Bush welcoming home the troops, but it’s definitely worth watching.

Today – it was our turn! The boys and I headed out to DFW, in the wee hours, to meet the troops returning home from the Middle East and other parts of the world to start their two week R&R, or to be home as their tours were over. It was a wonderful experience to get to share our thanks and greet them on their return home, most of whom were getting connecting flights through DFW to other parts of the north and western US. They had already stopped in Atlanta to let off the East Coast troops. They were gracious, smiling, tired, giggly, teary, overwhelmed, shocked, grateful, and ready to be home, even if only for a little while. One man who came through really took a shine to Aiden, and I wondered if he had a child at home who looked like Aiden. Later, as they were waiting for their shuttles and we were leaving, he made it a point to say hi again and engage Aiden in a little banter. It was really cute. Connor was so grown up, thanking the Servicemen and Women with smiles and handshakes and respect. I was so proud of him!

If you’re in the Dallas/Ft Worth or Atlanta area, this is something that is available to do daily. Some of the veterans and other volunteers have been coming 3-4 times a week for a couple of yeas. There are corporate groups and some plain folks who like to come to pay their respects (like us!). Here is the contact info for DFW and the contact info for ATLANTA for Welcome Home a Hero.  You’ll want to be sure to call the night before, as well as a couple of times in the morning before you leave. The flight was originally scheduled to arrive around 8, but just as we were about to leave, I checked one more time while programming the # into my cell phone, and since the call I made about twenty minutes earlier, the flight time had moved up 45 min. Granted, they have to deplane, grab their gear and go through customs, so flight time can be extended by 20 min. Thankfully, we hit the airport right as the plane landed, and the added bureaucracy gave us the extra time to make it!

If you are a member of the military, Thank You. If you are the family of a man or woman serving or who has served, Thank You. If you have family who has served, Thank You. Our family cannot thank you enough for your sacrifices.

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