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Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Snowjet, Mar 27, 2012.

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  1. Snowjet

    Snowjet Member

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    > READ THIS ONE! IT BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES!! & GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!
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    > Letter from an airline pilot:
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    > He writes: My lead flight attendant came to me and said, "We have an
    > H.R. On this flight." (H.R. Stands for human remains.) "Are they military?"
    > I asked.
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    > 'Yes', she said.
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    > 'Is there an escort?' I asked.
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    > 'Yes, I already assigned him a seat'.
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    > 'Would you please tell him to come to the flight deck. You can board
    > him early," I said..
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    > A short while later, a young army sergeant entered the flight deck.
    > He was the image of the perfectly dressed soldier. He introduced himself and
    > I asked him about his soldier. The escorts of these fallen soldiers talk
    > about them as if they are still alive and still with us.
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    > 'My soldier is on his way back to Virginia ,' he said. He proceeded
    > to answer my questions, but offered no words.
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    > I asked him if there was anything I could do for him and he said no.
    > I told him that he had the toughest job in the military and that I
    > appreciated the work that he does for the families of our fallen soldiers.
    > The first officer and I got up out of our seats to shake his hand. He left
    > the flight deck to find his seat.
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    > We completed our pre-flight checks, pushed back and performed an
    > uneventful departure. About 30 minutes into our flight I received a call
    > from the lead flight attendant in the cabin. 'I just found out the family of
    > the soldier we are carrying, is on board', she said. She then proceeded to
    > tell me that the father, mother, wife and 2-year old daughter were escorting
    > their son, husband, and father home. The family was upset because they were
    > unable to see the container that the soldier was in before we left. We were
    > on our way to a major hub at which the family was going to wait four hours
    > for the connecting flight home to Virginia.
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    > The father of the soldier told the flight attendant that knowing his
    > son was below him in the cargo compartment and being unable to see him was
    > too much for him and the family to bear. He had asked the flight attendant
    > if there was anything that could be done to allow them to see him upon our
    > arrival. The family wanted to be outside by the cargo door to watch the
    > soldier being taken off the airplane. I could hear the desperation in the
    > flight attendants voice when she asked me if there was anything I could do.
    > 'I'm on it', I said. I told her that I would get back to her.
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    > Airborne communication with my company normally occurs in the form
    > of e-mail like messages. I decided to bypass this system and contact my
    > flight dispatcher directly on a
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    > Secondary radio. There is a radio operator in the operations control
    > center who connects you to the telephone of the dispatcher. I was in direct
    > contact with the dispatcher. I explained the situation I had on board with
    > the family and what it was the family wanted. He said he understood and that
    > he would get back to me.
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    > Two hours went by and I had not heard from the dispatcher. We were
    > going to get busy soon and I needed to know what to tell the family. I sent
    > a text message asking for an update. I
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    > Saved the return message from the dispatcher and the following is
    > the text:
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    > 'Captain, sorry it has taken so long to get back to you. There is
    > policy on this now and I had to check on a few things. Upon your arrival a
    > dedicated escort team will meet the aircraft.
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    > The team will escort the family to the ramp and plane side. A van
    > will be used to load the remains with a secondary van for the family. The
    > family will be taken to their departure area and escorted into the terminal
    > where the remains can be seen on the ramp. It is a private area for the
    > family only. When the connecting aircraft arrives, the family will be
    > escorted onto the ramp and plane side to watch the remains being loaded for
    > the final leg home. Captain, most of us here in flight control are
    > veterans.. Please pass our condolences on to the family. Thanks.'
    >
    > I sent a message back telling flight control thanks for a good job.
    > I printed out the message and gave it to the lead flight attendant to pass
    > on to the father. The lead flight attendant was very thankful and told me,
    > 'You have no idea how much this will mean to them.'
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    >
    > Things started getting busy for the descent, approach and landing.
    > After landing, we cleared the runway and taxied to the ramp area. The ramp
    > is huge with 15 gates on either side of the alleyway. It is always a busy
    > area with aircraft maneuvering every which way to enter and exit. When we
    > entered the ramp and checked in with the ramp controller, we were told
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    > that all traffic was being held for us.
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    > 'There is a team in place to meet the aircraft', we were told. It
    > looked like it was all coming together, then I realized that once we turned
    > the seat belt sign off, everyone would stand up at once and delay the family
    > from getting off the airplane. As we approached our gate, I asked the
    > co-pilot to tell the ramp controller we were going to stop short of the gate
    > to
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    > make an announcement to the passengers. He did that and the ramp
    > controller said, 'Take your time.'
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    > I stopped the aircraft and set the parking brake. I pushed the
    > public address button and said, 'Ladies and gentleman, this is your Captain
    > speaking I have stopped short of our gate to make a special announcement. We
    > have a passenger on board who deserves our honor and respect. His Name is
    > Private XXXXXX, a soldier who recently lost his life. Private XXXXXX is
    > under your feet in the cargo hold. Escorting him today is Army Sergeant
    > XXXXXXX. Also, on board are his father, mother, wife, and daughter. Your
    > entire flight crew is asking for all passengers to remain in their seats to
    > allow the family to exit the aircraft first. Thank you.'
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    > We continued the turn to the gate, came to a stop and started our
    > shutdown procedures. A couple of minutes later I opened the cockpit door. I
    > found the two forward flight attendants crying, something you just do not
    > see. I was told that after we came to a stop, every passenger on the
    > aircraft stayed in their seats, waiting for the family to exit the aircraft.
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    > When the family got up and gathered their things, a passenger slowly
    > started to clap his hands. Moments later more passengers joined in and soon
    > the entire aircraft was
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    > clapping. Words of 'God Bless You', I'm sorry, thank you, be proud,
    > and other kind words were uttered to the family as they made their way down
    > the aisle and out of the airplane.
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    > They were escorted down to the ramp to finally be with their loved
    > one.
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    > Many of the passengers disembarking thanked me for the announcement
    > I had made. They were just words, I told them, I could say them over and
    > over again, but nothing I say will bring back that brave soldier.
    >
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    >
    > I respectfully ask that all of you reflect on this event and the
    > sacrifices that millions of our men and women have made to ensure our
    > freedom and safety in these United States of AMERICA
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    >
    > Foot note:
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    > I know everyone who has served their country who reads this will
    > have tears in their eyes, including me.
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    > Prayer chain for our Military... Don't break it!
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    > Please send this on after a short prayer for our service men and
    > women.
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    > Don't break it!
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    > They die for me and mine and you and yours and deserve our honor and
    > respect.
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    > 'Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they
    > protect us..bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform
    > for us in our time of need.. In Jesus Name, Amen.'
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    > prayer Request:
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    > When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for
    > our troops around the world.. There is nothing attached. Just send this to
    > people in your address book. Do not let it stop with you. Of all the gifts
    > you could give a Marine, Soldier, Sailor, Airman, & others deployed in
    > harm's way, prayer is the very best one.
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    > GOD BLESS YOU!!!
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  2. twotimer

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    Thank you


    Snow, that brought tears to my eyes! My son is a contracter who has spent many years in Iraq. Mike
     
  3. Dr.Longshot

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    Thank You

    I have said my prayers for our servicemen.

    Gary Bryant
    Dr.longshot
     
  4. Oscar Ray

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    Thank You! My screen got blurry and my prayers have been sent!



    Oscar Ray
     
  5. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes Well-Known Member

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    It's an old story, but something that needs to be remembered by us all, God Bless them, for they came after us in life but still had the same values.
     
  6. b12

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    Godbless them all. Wild Bill
     
  7. Ken@clairton

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    There was a movie called Taking Chance staring Kevin Bacon on HBO a while back showing how our fallen veterans are escorted home to there families. It is a true story. Thank you and God Bless our Troops.
    Ken
     
  8. minnship8

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    Taking Chance is a very worthwhile movie. Very moving.
     
  9. Grumpy Bear

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    Thank you all. All the troops are in my prayers!!
    Jim (Canada)
     
  10. Jim Bradbury

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    I have read this before and again was compelled to read it over. I tear up every damn time I read it. Thanks to all the veterans for all of the sacrifices you have made.

    Jim Bradbury
     
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