I got this in an E-mail and just had to share it with my friends...
From the E-mail:
Last week I was in Atlanta , Georgia attending a conference. While Iwas in the airport, returning home, I heard several people behind me beginning to clap and cheer. I immediately turned around and witnessedone of the greatest acts of patriotism I have ever seen.
Moving thru the terminal was a group of soldiers in their camos. As theybegan heading to their gate, everyone (well almost everyone)was abruptlyto their feet with their hands waving and cheering.When I saw the soldiers, probably 30-40 of them, being applauded andcheered for, it hit me. I'm not alone. I'm not the only red-bloodedAmerican who still loves this country and supports our troops and theirfamilies.Of course I immediately stopped and began clapping for these youngunsung heroes who are putting their lives on the line everyday for us so
we can go to school, work and home without fear or reprisal.
Just when I thought I could not be more proud of my country or of our service men and women, a young girl, not more than 6 or 7 years old ran up to one of the male soldiers. He kneeled down and said 'hi.'
The little girl then asked him if he would give something to her daddyfor her.
The young soldier, who didn't look any older than maybe 22 himself, said he would try and what did she want to give to her daddy.
Then suddenly the little girl grabbed the neck of this soldier, gave him thebiggest hug she could muster and then kissed him on the cheek.The mother of the little girl, who said her daughter's name was Courtney, told the young soldier that her husband was a Marine and had been in Iraq for 11 months now.
As the mom was explaining how much her daughter Courtney missed her father, the young soldier began to tear up.When this temporarily single mom was done explaining her situation, allof the soldiers huddled together for a brief second. Then one of theother servicemen pulled out a military-looking walkie-talkie. They started playing with the device and talking back and forth on it.After about 10-15 seconds of this, the young soldier walked back over to Courtney, bent down and said this to her, 'I spoke to your daddy and hetold me to give this to you.'
He then hugged this little girl that he had just met and gave her a kiss on the cheek. He finished by saying' your daddy told me to tell you that he loves you more than anything and he is coming home very soon.'The mom at this point was crying almost uncontrollably and as the young soldier stood to his feet, he saluted Courtney and her mom. I was standing no more than 6 feet away from this entire event.As the soldiers began to leave, heading towards their gate, people resumed their applause. As I stood there applauding and looked around,there were very few dry eyes, including my own.
That young soldier in one last act of selflessness, turned around and blew a kiss to Courtney with a tear rolling down his cheek.We need to remember everyday all of our soldiers and their families and thank God for them and their sacrifices. At the end of the day, it's good to be an American.
I hope all of you have a blessed and Happy day...
Bunches of hugs.....