September 24, 2010
09 24 10 Friday
Wednesday night; Melissa, Gloria and I went out to Bama Air at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport to welcome home the Honor Flight. We were not the only ones there by any means. I had no idea what I was in for.
We waited on the tarmac for about 1 1/2 hours for the plane bringing the WWII veterans back from Washington D.C. There were a lot of folk there, both young and old waiting just as we were. It was hot, I was tired, had to use the bathroom and so on. I wanted to go home! Then the plane finally landed. It was then that it really hit me what I was getting to see and be a part of. These men and women were heroes. These folk had sacrificed for me. In the prime of their lives they were taken away from their families and sent to places they probably had never heard of before. They were willing to give their life if necessary for me. It’s one thing to have a mindset that they sacrificed for the USA, but the mindset of they had sacrificed for me was something totally new to me. I was in awe of the men and women as they came by us. The looks on their faces was something I will never forget. I was so proud of them. The question I kept asking myself was, ‘what am I willing to sacrifice for someone else?’ “What am I willing to give up for another person I don’t even know’? I don’t mean the stuff we don’t like, but are we willing to sacrifice something we really like, such as our freedom for others? I haven’t yet wrapped my brain around all this yet, but I am getting closer. What are you willing to give up?
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