Tuesday, July 26, 2005
This picture shows a wonderful Lockheed L10-11 landing at DFW Airport. But that's not the story. This aircraft is landing following a very long flight from Shannon, Ireland and is filled with American soldiers coming home for a couple of weeks off. From war.
I once took a flight home from army duty. I can't tell you how precious the feeling was when the landing gear touched down. But I was coming home after a mere four months away from Dallas and...I did not have to return to active duty. These soldiers will be going back. Some may not return alive.
I hope the next time you see a soldier in the airport (hint, hint, Brooke and Michael), you make a point of shaking his/her hand and telling them you're proud to have them protecting you. Be sure you look them in the eyes and press the flesh firmly. I got to do this twice at DFW recently. I would have gladly stood in line to do it. It's the least I could do for someone is puttin' in on the line for me.
Posted by Tim Perkins at 7/26/2005 10:55:00 PM