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Registered: 11-2005
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Sad and beautiful


Ladies and gentlemen, This is submitted in total respect for those men and women throughout history that have shed their blood in defense of freedom and justice. The following is very sad, but very sweet. Please forward it on to as many people as you can, which is why I am posting it here.
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A Simple Thank You

Last week, while traveling to Chicago on business, I noticed a Marine sergeant traveling with a folded flag, but did not put two and two together. After we boarded our flight, I turned to the sergeant, who 'd been invited to sit in First Class (across from me), and inquired if he was heading home.

No, he responded.

Heading out I asked?

No. I'm escorting a soldier home.

Going to pick him up?

No. He is with me right now. He was killed in Iraq. I'm taking him home to his family.

The realization of what he had been asked to do hit me like a punch to the gut. It was an honor for him. He told me that, although he didn 't know the soldier, he had delivered the news of his passing to the soldier's family and felt as if he knewthem after many conversations in so few days. I turned back to him, extended my hand, and said, Thank you. Thank you for doing what you do so my family and I can do what we do.

Upon landing in Chicago the pilot stopped short of the gate and made the following announcement over the intercom.

"Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to note that we have had the honor of having Sergeant Steeley of the United StatesMarine Corps join us on this flight. He is escorting a fallen comrade back home to his family. I ask that you please remain in your seats when we open the! forward door to allow Sergeant Steeley to deplane and receive his fellow soldier. We will then turn off the seat belt sign."

Without a sound, all went as requested. I noticed the sergeant saluting the casket as it was brought off the plane, and his action made me realize that I am proud to be an American.

So here's a public Thank You to our military Men and Women for what you do so we can live the way we do.

Stuart Margel, Washington, D..C.

Here are two very very touching photos honored at this years International Picture of the Year.
 
First Place
Marine Photo 1
Todd Heisler The Rocky Mountain News
When 2nd Lt. James Cathey's body arrived at the Reno Airport, Marines climbed into the cargo hold of the plane and draped the flag over his casket as passengers watched the family gather on the tarmac.

During the arrival of another Marine's casket last year at Denver International Airport, Major Steve Beck described the scene as so powerful: "See the people in the windows? They sat right there in the plane, watching those Marines. You gotta wonder what's going through their ! minds, knowing that they're on the plane that brought him home," he said. "They will remember being on that plane for the rest of their lives. They're going to remember bringing that Marine home. And they should."

Marine Photo 2

Second Place
Todd Heisler The Rocky Mountain News
The night before the burial of her husband's body, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets below the flag. Before she fell asleep, she opened her laptop computer and played songs that reminded her of 'Cat,' and one of the Marines asked if she wanted them to continue standing watch as she slept. "I think it would be kind of nice if you kept doing it," she said. "I think that's what he would have wanted."
 

PLEASE KEEP THIS GOING!
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I send this out to everyone who dons a mask or drapes a cape over their shoulders to give a moment's silence in respect for our fighting men and women still with us and those who have since paved the way for the rest of us to the great beyond...

Nothing but love for all of them and all of you, my friends.

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That was very touching Bill.








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Registered: 05-2005
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A beautiful tribute to the true heroes over our time.

I'm Irish, but have a strong American accent becasue of too much tv and movies. I'm often asked if I'm an American. I always respond I often feel like one and would be proud to be.

It was the anniversary of 7/7 yesterday,a terrorist suicide bombing of London commited by the AlQueda last year. I'd just started my counter terrorism training.

We will never forget what you fight for or the sacrifices you continue to make to maintain our way of life.

Thanks You.

Iss hogai

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Beautiful post.

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While a lovely, moving story, I have also seen it published--word for word--with the exception of the final destination be Reno, Nevada. Perhaps it is an urban legend?

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So is the Batman. Doesnt make them any less real in the hearts and mins of millions. Nor does it make the message meaningless. I for one hope its a myth - for some mother to experience the loss of her son so we have the point driven home to us is a harsh lesson. That said a lot of lives have been lost, amybe this is the true story of one.

Iss hogai

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