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Sack Lunches

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by George Steffes, Mar 20, 2009.

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  1. George Steffes

    George Steffes TS Member

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    I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and
    sat down in my assigned seat. It was going to be a long flight.
    'I'm glad I have a good book to read Perhaps I will get a short
    nap,' I thought.
    Just before takeoff, a line of soldiers came down the aisle and filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding me. I decided to start a conversation. 'Where are youheaded?' I asked the soldier seated nearest to me. 'Petawawa. We'll be there for two weeks for special training, and then we're being deployed to Afghanistan After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made that sack lunches were available for five dollars.It would be several hours before we reached the east, and I quickly decided a lunch would help pass the time..
    As I reached for my wallet, I overheard soldier ask his buddy if he planned to buy lunch. 'No, that seems like a lot of money for just a sack lunch.
    Probably wouldn't be worth five bucks. I'll wait till we get to base ' His friend agreed. I looked around at the other soldiers. None were buying lunch. I walked to the back of the plane and handed the
    flight attendant a fifty dollar bill. 'Take a lunch to all those
    soldiers.' She grabbed my arms and squeezed tightly. Her eyes wet with tears, she thanked
    me. 'My son was a soldier in Iraq ; it's
    almost like you are doing it for him.'Picking up ten sacks, she headed up the aisle to
    where the soldiers were seated. She stopped at my seat and asked,
    'Which do you like best - beef or chicken?'
    'Chicken,'
    I replied, wondering why she asked. She turned and went to the front of plane, returning a minute later with
    a dinner plate from first class. 'This is your thanks.'
    After we finished eating, I went again to the back of the plane,heading for the rest room. A man stopped me.
    'I saw what you did. I want to be part of it. Here, take this.' He handed me twenty-five dollars.
    Soon after I returned to my seat, I saw the
    Flight Captain coming down the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he walked, I hoped he was not looking for me, but noticed he was looking at the numbers only on my side of the plane. When he got to my row he stopped, smiled, held out his hand, and said, 'I want to shake your hand.'Quickly unfastening my seat belt I stood and took
    the Captain's hand. With a booming voice he said, 'I was a soldier and I was a military pilot. Once, someone bought me a lunch. It was an
    act of kindness I never forgot.' I was embarrassed when applause was heard from all of the passengers.
    Later I walked to the front of the plane so I could stretch my legs.
    A man who was seated about six rows in front of me reached out his hand, wanting to shake mine. He left another twenty-five dollars in my palm.
    When we landed I gathered my belongings and
    started to deplane.
    Waiting just inside the airplane door was a man who stopped me,put something in my shirt pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a
    word.Another twenty-five dollars!
    Upon entering the terminal, I saw the soldiers
    gathering for their
    trip to the base. I walked over to them and handed them seventy-five
    dollars. 'It will take you some time to reach
    the base. It will be about time for a sandwich. God Bless You.'
    Ten young men left that flight feeling the love
    and respect of their fellow travelers. As I walked briskly to my car,
    I whispered a prayer for their safe ret urn. These soldiers were
    giving their all for our country. I could only give them a couple of
    meals.It seemed so little...
    A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check
    made payable to 'The United States of America' for an amount of
    'up to and including my life.'
    That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who
    no longer understand it.
    May God give you the strength and courage

    Say a prayer for our boys and girls.we've got to be standing up for them.
     
  2. Jon Reitz

    Jon Reitz Well-Known Member

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    Thank you very much for doing that sir. You made my day. You really did.

    CSM Jon Reitz (Ret)
     
  3. flamborn

    flamborn TS Member

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    Nicely done George.

    "A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America' for an amount of 'up to and including my life.'"

    So true. I can bet they don't get million $ plus "retention" bonuses either.

    Fred
     
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