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    On September 5th, 2008, I was a passenger on an evening Delta flight from Atlanta to Boston. It was a routine flight…..until we landed at Logan Airport. As we approached our gate, there were approximately twenty-five Massport vehicles (fire trucks, police, security) with their lights flashing and the drivers were standing outside of their vehicles saluting our plane. There was a group of Marines, also saluting, and holding the American flag at full staff. I also noticed a family on the tarmac, holding each other and hugging. The captain then announced that he had a request that all passengers remain seated until he escorted a Marine on board who was bringing “home” a fallen comrade. You could have heard a pin drop. A very young Marine, holding a folded American flag, was led to the door and then around the outside of the plane by our Delta captain. As they disembarked, the entire plane applauded; there were tears in most passengers’ eyes. A year ago, I had read of something similar to this in an email circulating but had never experienced it. The cargo door was then opened and this Marine went up the ramp to drape the coffin in our American flag. During this entire 15 minute process, not one person spoke on our plane and the salutes outside our plane remained frozen in place. It was such a private moment; yet, such a public moment. It was powerful. A verse from the song “God Bless The USA” resonated in my head … “And I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free; And I won’t forget the men who died who gave that right to me…” I have never been more proud to be an American. The absolute respect and reverence shown to this Marine who lost his life while serving our country is something that will stay with me forever
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    Thanks not to the ARMY, but the USA for saving my life and let be free!
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    Great post.....heart felt thank you to all servicemen past and present.
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    God Bless The USA and our Men & Women that are overseas Risking everything for us all. Thank You.
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    Great thread! Where would we be if not for the sacrifices all of our sevice men and women make, and have made. THANK YOU!!!!!
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    Thank you to all you brave men and women. Thank you very much for keeping us from harm's way
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    Thanksgiving is the day we give thanks for what we have. Memorial Day is the day we give thanks to those who have made it possible for us to live free and be able to give thanks in peace.

    If you get a opportunity, check out the HBO movie "Taking Chance" which is about the very subject of military escorts.
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