Hero  

frbnkslady 48F
3442 posts
7/29/2006 11:06 pm

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Hero


The daughter of a Soldier

Last week I was in Atlanta, Georgia attending a conference. While I was in the airport, returning home, I heard several people behind me beginning to clap and cheer. I immediately turned around and witnessed one of the greatest act's of patriotism I have ever seen.

Moving thru 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 their feet with their hands waving and cheering. When I saw the soldiers, probably 30-40 of them, being applauded and cheered for it hit me. I'm not alone. I'm not the only red blooded American who still loves this country and supports our troops and their families.

Of course I immediately stopped and began clapping for these young unsung heroes who are putting their lives on the line everyday for us so we can go to school, work and home without fear or reprisal. 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 the male soldiers. He kneeled down and said "hi," the little girl then she asked him if he would give something to her daddy for her. The young soldier, he didn't look any older than maybe 22 himself, said he would try and what did she want to give to her daddy. Then suddenly the little girl grabbed the neck of this soldier, gave him the biggest hug she could muster and then kissed him on the cheek.

The mother of the little girl, who said her daughters name was Courtney, told the young soldier that her husband was a Marine and had been in Iraq for 11 months now. As the mom was explaining how much her daughter, Courtney, missed her father, the young soldier began to tear up. When this temporarily single mom was done explaining her situation, 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 Courtney, bent down and said this to her, "I spoke to your daddy and he told me to give 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 you that he loves you more than anything and he is coming home very soon."

The mom at this point was crying almost uncontrollably and as the young soldier stood to his feet he saluted Courtney and her mom! . I was standing no more than 6 feet away from this entire event unfolded. As the soldiers began to leave, heading towards their gate, people resumed their applause. As I stood there applauding and looked around, their were very few 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 cheek.

We need to remember everyday all of our soldiers and their families and thank God for them and their sacrifices. At the end of the day, it's good to be an American


I am in tears.... you hear and read stories of these unsung Heroes all the time. I wish we could hear them all.
I pray they come home soon. We received a major setback up here thanks to Bush LYING to our troops. Our Strykers were extended on the eve of their return home. Part of the battalion has already made it home, only to be told to be prepared to move back out. So much for promising our people that they would serve no more then a 12 month period at a time. They were told another 4-6 months. I pray for them all for a safe and fast return. T

T





LookandWink 63M

8/5/2006 8:55 pm

I think you are confusing a deliberate lie to operational changes in the face of an ever changing world. There were many times in my military career that I had to cancel vacations and leave my family immediately to go around the world. Everyone in the military understands this and most of their families accept it.

I respect your position. Don't take my comment as criticism. I just wanted you to understand the perspective of the military member.


frbnkslady replies on 8/5/2006 11:59 pm:
This is not based on my confusion. I know a few of them. I know what they were told. I know things gets changed in the face of war, often at a seconds notice, most times without those in the forefront even knowing, or us, meaning the 'stupid civilian' don't know. Or our need to know for their safety. This WAS not the point of my post script, and I am very sorry you 2 took it that way. It has ruined my post for me. All I was trying to convey was MY opinion, and the tears that are flowing in this town. THAT was all.

rm_titsandtires 51M/41F
3656 posts
8/3/2006 8:16 pm

great story T. thanks for letting the rest of us enjoy it as well.

tires


frbnkslady replies on 8/4/2006 9:58 am:
TnT, you are welcome... Hope you have a nice day. T

mycin62 54F

8/3/2006 6:55 am

Great story, nice post


frbnkslady replies on 8/4/2006 9:59 am:
A Great young man... ty, T

elysianpleasure 47M

8/2/2006 8:31 pm

Ok... you went and got me all teary eyed too...


frbnkslady replies on 8/3/2006 7:10 pm:
Cummmr, I will dry your eyes. T

SecretEarNoTears 47F  
766 posts
8/1/2006 12:00 am

T- I was a 'military wife' for 10 years. Prior to that I had served myself. I have watched my daughter grow with the knowledge that her father is doing a hard job for the world. The other night I was talking with her about what she wants to go to college for (we are trying to plan on funding early...she is 11)...after a discussion she told me that she also wants to be doing what her dad is doing. She understands that freedom is not free and the price we pay for our freedom is sometimes not pleasant. She is very proud of her father even though she misses him.

We are told in family briefings, the yearly holiday dinners, etc...to expect change...to expect orders to change...dates to change...the men and women that serve are trained for change...trained to turn back around for their fallen soldier, even the enemy civilian...and when their country needs them. Most in the military knew from the beginning that it would be a lot longer. They also know that if we had not gone over there that the terrorist would still be striking here...that is a given to anyone with any education on how terrorist think. The media gives us one tiny fraction of the 'story'...they can't possibly tell all of it. There are many things that the public will never know...and trust me...we are better off not knowing. Try to think of the 'big picture'.... Freedom was not free and it will never be free as long as one person is being terrorized anywhere on this world.

Don't blame the politicians...blame the terrorists, and those that would like to see all free countries fall!


frbnkslady replies on 8/1/2006 8:30 am:
I also am a military brat... I am NOT debating them doing thier job...I was saying only about the hardship on this kids. They are the ones who are hit the hardest. THAT iswhat my commenet was meaning.. not to debate what everyone needs to know. T

frbnkslady replies on 8/1/2006 11:19 am:
I really need to use my spell check..type faster then brain...
I am glad we live where we do. I am grateful for those who fight to preserve our rights. The right to have and voice a difference of opinion. T

caressmewell 53F

7/31/2006 11:57 pm

I support the troops but not the war. But this is such a sweet story.

I was going to mention you being in Atlanta and not letting me know but I saw your reply to SD.


frbnkslady replies on 8/3/2006 7:09 pm:
LOL... I forgot to write " received as an email".... I would let you know if I was goning to visit.

I also support them, not the war. I think its past time to bring our people home. T

absolutelynormal 56F
6563 posts
7/31/2006 2:55 pm

Great post. Sometimes we forget, or at least I do, how very fortunate we are. We have freedom here and it's because of the sacrifices of young men and women from the Revolutionary War until now. I do not believe in this war, I think it's awful that our people were sent there. I don't like GW, never have never will. I can't wait till he is out of office. That's my 2 cents worth. I do support our troops, I am thankful for them and scared for them too. Thanks for posting this story, a great reminder of things to be thankful for. Mac


frbnkslady replies on 7/31/2006 3:37 pm:
Thank you Mac.... Yes, I have totally changed my mind about GW... I don't like politics to begin with, but the world goes round.
I completely support our troops, they sacrifice alot to do thier 'job' for us. T

SecretEarNoTears 47F  
766 posts
7/31/2006 11:40 am

While I too found your story beautiful the ending of your post ruined it for me.

As someone that has family and friends over there now and in past conflicts/wars who have serve in the military for years...I know that they know they are there to serve their country.....even if that means turning back around when and if congress/the President decides. They have NOT been lied to...they have been told from the get go that is their job! And that is why they signed up in the beginning.
Most soldiers, even those with family, don't want to leave in the middle and most go back for a second, third, etc tour...especially the war torn countries as they know that they are doing good...as they have seen and heard proof of it. I hear everyday from my exhusband and others I know currently serving and how the locals welcome them and thank them. I also know that when the President/congress decides to change their original orders there is a reason....most likely for the security of US here at home and then it could also be for the soldiers safety. I also realize that we, the private sector does not need to know everything! Think about it...if we know where are soldiers are and what they are doing then the terrorists and those that would have us all dead (think 9-11) would also know!!!! There is a reason why we don't know everything! If you care about the soldiers over there you don't ask/demand to know their every move before hand...because if you do it's more than likely the will be hurt.

There's been numerous occasions when I've heard from friends over there on last minute order changes. After a period of time they tell me the reason for the last minute change being intel on moment towards them....to strike them during their move.

I read somewhere that it is better to be prevent disaster rather then to be constantly responding to the acts (clean up)...not everything is preventable...and no human, not congress nor the president or even ourselves are God...we are all HUMAN!


frbnkslady replies on 7/31/2006 2:12 pm:
I do not pretend to know everything.,.. but as a close friend to someone who is a Stryker.. I know what he was told. They were told 1 yr, then home... They WERE lied to. They even admitted to breaking thier promise to the troops. I also KNOW it is a time of war. We ALL know this. It doesn't make it any easier to watch a childs face crumble when they have to be told their parent has to leave again.
I in NO way stated that I knew it all, or that I needed to know it all. They are not told everything ewither, many not until the time they get on the truck, planeor wahtever. T

frbnkslady replies on 7/31/2006 3:35 pm:
I forgot my spell check, sorry...T

frbnkslady replies on 7/31/2006 3:38 pm:
I know it is their job, I know they signed up for it. They were lied to, we all have been lied to. T

SecretEarNoTears 47F  
766 posts
7/31/2006 11:37 am

While I too found your story beautiful the ending of your post ruined it for me.

As someone that has family & friends over there now and in past conflicts/wars who have serve in the military for years...I know that they know they are there to serve their country.....even if that means turning back around when & if congress/the President decides. They have NOT been lied to...they have been told from the get go that is their job! And that is why they signed up in the beginning.

Most soldiers, even those with family, don't want to leave in the middle and most go back for a second, third, etc tour...especially the war torn countries as they know that they are doing good...as they have seen and heard proof of it. I hear everyday from my exhusband & others I know currently serving and how the locals welcome them & thank them. I also know that when the President/congress decides to change their original orders there is a reason....most likely for the security of US here at home and then it could also be for the soldiers safety. I also realize that we, the private sector does not need to know everything! Think about it...if we know where are soldiers are and what they are doing then the terrorists and those that would have us all dead (think 9-11) would also know!!!! There is a reason why we don't know everything! If you care about the soldiers over there you don't ask/demand to know their every move before hand...because if you do it's more than likely the will be hurt.

There's been numerous occasions when I've heard from friends over there on last minute order changes. After a period of time they tell me the reason for the last minute change being intel on moment towards them....to strike them during their move.

I read somewhere that it is better to be prevent disaster rather then to be constantly responding to the acts (clean up)...not everything is preventable...and no human, not congress nor the president or even ourselves are God...we are all HUMAN!


SecretEarNoTears 47F  
766 posts
7/31/2006 11:29 am

While I too found your story beautiful the ending of your post ruined it for me.

As someone that has family & friens over there now and in past conflicts/wars who have serve in the military for years...I know that they know they are there to serve their country.....even if that means turning back around when & if congress and the President decides. They have NOT been lied to...they have been told from the get go that is their job! And that is why they signed up in the beiginning.

Most soldiers, even those with family, don't want to leave in the middle and most go back for a second, third, etc tour...especially the war torn countries as they know that they are doing good...as they have seen and heard proof of it. I hear everyday from my exhusband & others I know currently serving and how the locals welcome them & thank them. I also know that when the President/congress decides to change their original orders there is a reason....most likely for the security of US here at home and then it could also be for the soldiers safety. There's been numerous occasions when I've heard from friends over there on last minute order changes. After a period of time they tell me the reason for the last minute change being intel on moment towards them....to strike them during their move. I read somewhere that it is better to be prevent disaster rather then to be constantly responding to the acts (clean up)...not everything is preventable...and no human, not congress nor the president or even ourselves are God...we are all HUMAN!


Intensity4U 52M
7432 posts
7/31/2006 10:28 am

Hey T Great story. It's good to be reminded of the sacrifices they make.


frbnkslady replies on 8/4/2006 9:57 am:
Yes it is, and not just them, their families also. T

LookandWink 63M

7/31/2006 6:48 am

I've seen this picture from 3 perspectives.

My father served in Vietnam and had to face the ire of an angry country when he returned. I'm sure he had nightmares for a long time after he returned. He didn't tell me much about what he saw and did there. I've seen him jump many times from nearby thunder claps. He says they sound just like mortar shells.

I spent 24 years in the Air Force. Although I never faced anything like what my compatriots in the Marines and Army face in Iraq, I have witnessed the selfless actions our military many times. One was after Hurricane Hugo hit South Carolina. They closed down most of Myrtle Beach AFB and headed out to help anyone they could find. They bought chain saws and power tools and cleared trees from roofs for free while scoundrels charged $1000 and did nothing but take the money. They made a difference to that community. I've seen many other examples.

Now I get to watch with pride as our devastatingly small military is sent worldwide to help anyone in need. I cried reading your story as I have cried reading so many others. I wish my father had a small measure of gratitude for his service, but that's another sad story of American history for another blog. Regardless of politics, I thank our military for keeping us free to speak our mind. I thank the American people for separating their political stance from the heroic actions of our soldiers. And I thank you and those who have responded here for their praise of our men and women in harms way.

For one who has served, I stand proudly and salute you all.


frbnkslady replies on 8/3/2006 7:07 pm:
Salute me??? NO... I thank you with tears and a bowed head. Thank you for serving. T

100prcntnocnt 49F

7/30/2006 6:59 pm

I've seen this story before. Had to come back to it so I could type. lol Even after seeing it before, it still makes ya tear up.


frbnkslady replies on 8/3/2006 7:07 pm:
Yes it does.. I keep re reading it and get chills everytime. T

rm_cru1972 44M
4407 posts
7/30/2006 6:33 pm

T as the tears are welling in my eye's from reading this post, they come even more reading the comments left for you. It makes me so proud to have served for this nation, and that people DO care. All this time I thought I was just doing what I thought I needed to do.

Thank you


frbnkslady replies on 8/3/2006 7:06 pm:
All this time I thought I was just doing what I thought I needed to do. ???
Dear.. You were protecting me, mine, theirs. I thank you. Everything I have, and am, I owe to the people who have served. T

Cowboy_Deluxe 38M

7/30/2006 5:48 pm

"Arlington" By Trace Adkins..good song sweetie.


frbnkslady replies on 8/3/2006 7:04 pm:
I have heard that one too. Thank you. T

frbnkslady 48F
6183 posts
7/30/2006 2:43 pm

Toothy.. I have no idea what is going on.. but AF F is not posting my response to you.

Thank you.. T

T




twirly_girl 47F

7/30/2006 2:33 pm

Being the daughter of a retired military man, I couldn't help but
get choked up. I miss my daddy too. He's the one who taught me to respect the men and women who serve our country.

-Nikki


frbnkslady replies on 7/30/2006 2:39 pm:
My dad is also retired military. I grew up respecting them all. T

wistfuljester 64M

7/30/2006 2:16 pm

This brought tears to my eyes, just reading it.

God bless those wonderful people!


frbnkslady replies on 7/30/2006 2:38 pm:
Thank you, T

rm_magnet4u22 49F
18406 posts
7/30/2006 2:07 pm

That was a lovely story...thank you for sharing it with us.



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angelofmercy5 58F
17881 posts
7/30/2006 1:10 pm

I'm in tears sitting here reading this. What this show of appreciation must have done to those soldiers has no words. And then what they did for that little girl missing her daddy....well that's priceless! Thanks for sharing this.


frbnkslady replies on 7/30/2006 1:50 pm:
You are very welocme. T

Notfunanymore 105F
10289 posts
7/30/2006 12:40 pm

Great that you are sharing this.....

size 0]Yes, I'm crying, I can't wait til my son is back in the states. Safe!


LustyTaurus 48M  
21253 posts
7/30/2006 12:29 pm

wow...what a touching story. I don't know what to say except thanks for sharing it.


frbnkslady replies on 7/30/2006 1:49 pm:
You are welcome. T

__poet__ 45M
3583 posts
7/30/2006 12:09 pm

thank you for sharing this...touched me heart

"There are no shortcuts to life's greatest achievements; therefore we take these risks not to escape life but to prevent life from escaping us!"poet
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frbnkslady replies on 7/30/2006 2:37 pm:
Thank you. T

Cowboy_Deluxe 38M

7/30/2006 11:39 am

Don't cry for those who made it to Arlington. On that piece of ground.


frbnkslady replies on 7/30/2006 2:36 pm:
I cry for them and theirs, because they gave all. T

spacecadet561 59M

7/30/2006 10:23 am

It is always encouraging to hear that there is popular support for our military. They go in harm's way to keep harm away from the rest of us. Until the day comes when such sacrifices will no longer be needed, we should all be grateful.

SpaceCadetรน


frbnkslady replies on 7/30/2006 1:49 pm:
I thank them all. With tears and a bowed head for all they sacrifice for me and mine and yours. T

toothysmile 50M
16515 posts
7/30/2006 9:53 am

wow.
that was an amazing post; thank you for posting this. we need to hear more stories like this.
kisses.


cobra70118 105M

7/30/2006 9:00 am

Good story and thanks for sharing it.

I keep telling people America is more united than ever. And not in a blind way.

Great story!


frbnkslady replies on 7/30/2006 1:48 pm:
Yes it is. And our people who serve even protect the rights of those who spit on them. T

rm_sloman44 60M
701 posts
7/30/2006 8:22 am

Beautiful story Lady. Thanks for sharing it with us.


frbnkslady replies on 7/30/2006 1:47 pm:
You are very welcome. T

curious082385 31F
4925 posts
7/30/2006 7:33 am

*Please excuse any typos that are in this reply...it's hard to type when you are crying*

This was an incredible post. Thank you for sharing this with us. There aren't really any words that fit this one...it speaks for itself.


frbnkslady replies on 7/30/2006 1:47 pm:
Yes it does. T

funintheday2006 56M
9659 posts
7/30/2006 7:12 am

Came from SexyD. Awesome, would love to shake that young guys hand. Wonderful gesture.


frbnkslady replies on 7/30/2006 1:46 pm:
Makes you proud. T

bipolybabe 54F

7/30/2006 6:53 am

I appreciate the willingness of soldiers to put their lives on the line for the freedom that we enjoy in this country. What touched me in your story is the real humanity the soldiers displayed by understanding the needs of a little girl who loves her daddy.

Like you, I am frustrated by the lies of the Bush Administration in sending our troops to fight for "the cause" that keeps changing.

I'd like to see more people display the genuism heroism and patriotism needed to speak up when our government is wrong.

Thank you for sharing a lovely story about soldiers displaying the milk of human kindness.

BPB

Oh, and SexyDisaster sent me to read this, for which I'm grateful.

BPB

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frbnkslady replies on 7/30/2006 1:46 pm:
Yes, I know it is beyond time to bring our People home. T

rm_Kyhammer2 47M/46F

7/30/2006 6:28 am

Not only are the men and women who serve in the armed services heros, but the loved one's they leave behind are as well. To carry on with their daily lives when their beloved soldier is in a foreign land, just doing what their country has asked, that takes a comitment not many of us would be able to muster. HERO just doesn't say it strong enough for me. *** No, frbnkslady you are not the only one. I have noticed an increase in patriotism and national pride over the past 15 to 20 years that makes me very proud to be an American. P.S. I was in tears not four lines into your post, way before the little girl approached the soldier. By the time she came into the picture I had had to wipe my eyes just to read further. Great Post.


frbnkslady replies on 7/30/2006 1:45 pm:
No, I also do not find it a suitable word for most of them. I am in tears reading all of your responses. I am totally surrounded by the military where I live and am proud of them all. And more proud to call a lot of them 'friends'.
I say 'Thank YOU' to them when I run into a service member. T

Supervy_Sage 50M

7/30/2006 12:01 am

The US Forces of today are 100% volunteer. I have often heard that the men and women of the US Armed Forces are some of the most giving people you will ever meet. Some of them volunteer their charity in the foreign lands in which the serve.

But as the military, they are a tool of the US and the President. And with the government trying to do more with less, it usually falls on the shoulders of a few specially trained for that job. And with the US acting as the world’s police, and with the lack of funds, the US Military will find it harder and harder to stay home with their families.

The Super Pervy Sage


frbnkslady replies on 7/30/2006 1:43 pm:
Yes it does. They are doing their job. It is a very sad town right now. LOTS of angry little children expevting to see thier mom and dads return home only to be told no. They are a stronger person then I. This is something they deal with all the time.
Takes a special kind of person to be a military spouse, especialy in thse times. T

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