Times have changed, haven’t they? I am far too young to have any idea of World War II or Vietnam. I was young during Desert Storm, but remember welcoming troops home with my mom on the side of a major highway in Orlando. I recall my Grandfather making mention of his experience on the beaches of Normandy, but at the time didn’t think to soak up his stories. But, I hear all the time of how truly DIFFERENT it is now for the guys coming home from Iraq & Afghanistan. Veterans of past wars were far from greeted with the pomp and circumstance that they are today. In fact, some of those veterans want to make sure that the guys coming home today, experience something completely different. A prime and FANTASTIC example is of Bert Brady. Watch for yourself…
Pretty amazing isn’t it? I’ve watched that video at least a dozen times and it still makes me cry everytime. Troops are coming home all of the time all over the country. If you live near an airport, take the time to do some research online to see how you can help welcome home our bravest. Do it as a one-time experience or make it a regular part of your week.
Tonight, a special documentary called “The Way We Get By” is airing on PBS. On call 24 hours a day for the past five years, a group of senior citizens has made history by greeting over 900,000 American troops at a tiny airport in Bangor, Maine. The Way We Get By is an intimate look at three of these greeters as they confront the universal losses that come with aging and rediscover their reason for living. I encourage all of you to tune it or set your DVR’s. I know I’ll be watching! Here’s the link with more info: http://www.pbs.org/pov/waywegetby/
Hats off to all of our veterans today. We salute you. We love you. We appreciate you. YOU are not forgotten.