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#156587 - 05/17/07 06:10 AM G. I. Joe !!
Still Offline

Registered: 02/16/07
Posts: 7011
Loc: FEMA Region 1
They moved clumsily through the non-secure, arrival area of the airport. The Mom, the grandparents, the aunts, uncle. Their little group of about 8 positioned themselves so that no arriving passenger was going to get past the filter they became.

The signs, the balloons and cameras did not even phase him. He looked to be about 12ish. He looked as if he was waiting for something awfully special…but very nervous too. He clearly had been crying a lot. Mom, aunts and uncles jumped with excitement and sometimes gave him a tug to test his excitement. He stood, he fidgeted and swayed holding on tight to a sign the aunt just gave him.

“Excuse me...what flight did you come off of?” they’d ask people over and over again as they streamed past. Then a scream….”that’s HIS flight!” They became really excited. The boy bounced and peered down the long terminal hallway. More and more passengers walked by. Eye’s were glued down that hall…necks craned. Then numerous screams in unison. The boy froze, then yelled "DAD!!!" louder than any background noise in the entire airport combined. The great brown camouflage man ran down the hall. Tears flowing down the frozen boy’s face. The great man bypassed mom, grans and all others. He ran to his boy. The sign drops to the floor. The boy is lifted and spun.

Not a dry eye in that part of San Antonio airport!

Welcome home G.I. Joe....and God Bless!

#156594 - 05/17/07 07:44 AM Re: G. I. Joe !! [Re: Still]
coldwarrior Offline
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Registered: 05/06/07
Posts: 24
Loc: Belgium
Welcome home GI...may your brothers safely make it home.

Don't like my Oooah ? I love it.
But I have another :
Scutum Belgarum (Shield of the Belgians)

#156623 - 05/17/07 01:23 PM Re: G. I. Joe !! [Re: coldwarrior]
roadrunner Offline
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Registered: 05/02/05
Posts: 22045
Loc: Carlisle, PA

Very cool post. That's the kind of memories that make for a good and happy life, my friend. Hold onto that one forever!

Much love,

Nobody living can ever stop me
As I go walking my freedom highway.
Nobody living can make me turn back:
This land was made for you and me.
(Woody Guthrie)

#156633 - 05/17/07 02:20 PM Re: G. I. Joe !! [Re: roadrunner]
FormerTexan Offline

Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 12156
Loc: Denver, CO
That is awesome!

Money talks, but all it tells me is goodbye.

If I could meet myself as a boy...

#156654 - 05/17/07 04:06 PM Re: G. I. Joe !! [Re: FormerTexan]
Logan Offline

Registered: 04/05/03
Posts: 1368
Loc: NY
That was really inspiring, Rob.

thanx I needed that this morning


"Terrible thing to live in Fear"-Shawshank Redemption
WOR Alumnus Hope Springs 2009
"Quite a thing to live in fear, this is what is means to be a slave"
-Blade Runner

#156713 - 05/17/07 07:35 PM Re: G. I. Joe !! [Re: Logan]
Chain Breaker Offline

Registered: 04/21/07
Posts: 376
Loc: Michigan

Was this someone in your family, or one of your friends? Were you the little boy?

My name is Joe. I am a survivor and a good man. You can count on me.


"[Insert your name here], I am [Chain Breaker]. Do you see that I am your friend? Can you see that you will always be my friend?"
--Wind In His Hair, Dances With Wolves

#156785 - 05/18/07 04:45 AM Re: G. I. Joe !! [Re: Chain Breaker]
Still Offline

Registered: 02/16/07
Posts: 7011
Loc: FEMA Region 1
I witnessed that last night at the airport.

Since I practically live in airports, i see a lot of G.I. home-comings. This one was amazing.

#156786 - 05/18/07 04:51 AM Re: G. I. Joe !! [Re: Still]
cpt. confusion Offline

Registered: 01/26/04
Posts: 159
Loc: midwest

thank you for sharing this. I surely would have shed tears as well, as my eyes water now...

thank you soldier. may they all have such homecomings.


"Look at every path closely and deliberately, then ask ourselves this crucial question: Does this path have a heart? If it does, then the path is good. If it doesn't, it is of no use."
-Carlos Castaneda

*WoR Alum
Sequoia I-March '11
Alta II, September '11

#156839 - 05/18/07 05:10 PM Re: G. I. Joe !! [Re: cpt. confusion]
GWsurvives Offline

Registered: 01/10/07
Posts: 251
Loc: Atlanta, and here, among othe...

When I see our servicemen and women at the airport(or anywhere fo that matter) I make sure I say "Thank you". Sometimes it takes them by surprise.

Whether or not you agree with the politics.. the troops deserve our support and respect.


"Some times there just aren't enough rocks" Forrest Gump

#156841 - 05/18/07 05:13 PM Re: G. I. Joe !! [Re: GWsurvives]
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