Soldier On!

Last Wednesday, while flying from Phoenix to the Alamo City on U.S. Airways Flight 207, a San Antonio man, Gil Anderson, witnessed something memorable.


Shortly before takeoff, he overheard a flight attendant tell a young uniformed soldier sitting in front of him:

“A lady in first-class wants to switch seats with you.”

The soldier accepted the offer and walked up to the first-class section.

“When the lady came back to our area, I had a tear in my eye,” Anderson said when he phoned this column soon after his plane landed. “I gave her a little round of applause.
Roddy Stinson: Passenger sitting behind soldier reports ‘a very moving moment’
“Then, by golly, everybody in that area started applauding,” he said in a voice tinged with emotion. “It was a very moving moment.”

A small ray of light escapes from the rolling black Anti-America and “hate on our Troops” clouds.
Ahhhhh.

For all the babies tucked in at night, safe and sound because Daddy is fighting the noble fight.
For all the mother’s tears that have gently fallen on top of their child’s flag draped grave.
To all our boys for whom foxholes have served as unmarked graves.

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We implore upon the good Lord that your family will not get that letter, -that letter.

Trust that you are in our nightly prayers to reboard that plane you departed on, back to this Land, where freedom is ours…because of You.

You bring us to our knees.
Oh, and you can have my seat……….
Any Time.

Hugging the troops with my friends over at Stop the ACLU, Blog @ MoreWhat.com, Perri Nelson’s Website, Rosemary’s Thoughts, 123beta, DeMediacratic Nation, Adam’s Blog, Big Dog’s Weblog, Right Truth, Nuke’s News & Views, Shadowscope, Stuck On Stupid, Webloggin, Cao’s Blog, Leaning Straight Up, The Bullwinkle Blog, The Amboy Times, Conservative Cat, third world county, The World According to Carl, Pirate’s Cove, Blue Star Chronicles, CommonSenseAmerica, Republican National Convention Blog, Dumb Ox Daily News, and High Desert Wanderer, thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

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27 Responses to “Soldier On!”

  1. Debbie says:

    What a great story Angel. I’ve heard of this happening before. I always try to speak to soldiers when I cross paths with them, thank them for their service. I also thank parents and families for their sacrifice.

  2. Kevin says:

    I wish I could afford a first class ticket so I could give it to a soldier. Freedom isn’t free, and in fact comes with the highest of pricetags. So many of our soldiers have paid it for us.

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  4. Lawman says:

    Have ya ever noticed most people tend to forget how this Country became “Land of the Free” or what KEEPS it that way?? It dang sure wasn’t the limp noodled appeaser crowd that gave us our Freedoms.

  5. Gayle says:

    Beautiful post, Angel. It brought tears to my eyes too. It makes me want to buy a first class ticket to anywhere, just so I can do the same! Well, almost anywhere. I have no desire to visit the Middle East at the moment.

  6. Defiant_Infidel says:

    How excellent! These moments do occur and of course it is damn rare that the population has any chance to read about them. We wouldn’t want people to get the idea that they are doing an honorable service now, would we?

    I will add that the last six times I have flown on Delta and Continental Airlines, I have been thrilled to hear a flight attendent verbally acknowledge the soldiers aboard and whether they were embarking overseas to defend us or returning home after doing so. They specifically mention their “sacrifices” and thank them on behalf of their airline and “the American people”. Each and every time, the passengers have responded with a spontaneous and enthusiastic applause. Tremendous! I have yet to get through such an announcement without tearing up instantly… and I have absolutely no intentions of handling the situation any differently in the future.

    God bless every single one of them!

  7. OMMAG says:

    A small act of decency and respect goes a long way to making up for the behavior of hordes of shrieking, self righteous activists….. the power of an individual!

  8. brooke says:

    I felt like standing and applauding just reading this post! I can’t imagine how moving it would’ve been to actually be on that plane!

  9. MariesTwoCents says:

    Oh this made me well up in tears.

    God Bless our Troops and the lady that gave up her seat :-)

  10. EDGE says:

    GOOD STUFF!!!! KEEP IT UP!

  11. Daniel says:

    God bless our troops. They are sacrificing a lot over there.

  12. Joe Gringo says:

    Great post and moving.

    I fly Southwest Air to San Diego regularly and more times than not there is someone from the military on board, the flight attendants will recognize them….it’s very cool and makes you feel proud…..can’t imagine what they feel.

  13. obob says:

    My brother went to a funeral for a friend of his who died from injuries sustained in Iraq. The Freedom Riders were there Gov. Daniels spoke as well. The cowards who condemn our troops will never understand their sacrifice and those of their families.

  14. Donald Douglas says:

    That is so nice, Angel!

    When I see soldiers I always make a point to say hello. And I often have veterans in my classes. I always thank them for their service to our country. They’re also the most well-spoken and respectful students I have. They address me as sir, and are never late or rude. It’s just so indicative of the manners and decorum that the military experience instills for our young people.

    Thanks for this.

  15. Pam says:

    Hi Angel!

    This post with the photos brought tears. I;m so thankful for those wearing the uniform fighting for my family and I!! God bless them and their families here at home!

  16. Jungle mom says:

    What a great deed. we recently flew and were privileged to sit next to a Marine who had served two tours in Iraq and would be going back for a third .

  17. David says:

    Good catch. Thanks.

  18. nanc says:

    i would gladly give a uniformed person my seat and would expect NO applause – this lady was so gracious, saying he deserved it for all he’d done for our country.

    i heard this one this morning on the news – there was another flight which had the soldiers on board now being allowed into the terminal in oakland and they had to get off the plane onto the tarmac – of course, oakland had some hokey libtard excuse.

  19. benning says:

    Excellent!

  20. Frasypoo says:

    Hi Angel,
    I’ ve been posting on my new blog.I did not leave a “I have moved” notice on the old blog because I got a recent spate of nasty comments there and I did not want the nasty woman to follow me to the new blog!
    This was an excellant post.I always think these soldiers need so much more respect from us.I hate going to the airport because i always want to cry when I see them getting ready to board flights at Hartsfield airport!Some of them are so young,its heartbreaking.Considering the sacrifice they are doing for us you would think they would always be given a heroes sendoff/welcome instead of being treated like “untouchables”.

  21. Angel says:

    THANKS ALLS ..SEMPER FI! :)

  22. Chris says:

    I’ll never forget when I was in uniform in downtown San Antonio… I got in line for an ice cream cone and when I went to pay, the guy at the register said, “Yours is free.”

    Another time, I took my wife out to a Korean restaurant right after I got off work (late again), someone paid for us before I even got the bill…

    Before I even came on active duty, I was living on “the wrong side of the tracks” in a neighborhood where drugs were sold, and you’d occasionally hear a gunshot. I was a poor college student, and one of the only white guys in the area. I’ll never forget walking home one “ROTC uniform day” and being approached when a big guy broke off from his group looked me straight in the eye (I thought he was going to try to kill me or something…lol) and said, “I just want to thank you.” That probably hit home the most. My reply that day, and to everyone who has thanked me since has been, “that’s what makes it worthwhile.”

    It’s true- we signed up to serve- sure you hear about the bonus or education, or whatever, but that’s not what it’s really about. We signed a blank check saying do with me what you will in the name of freedom and the Constitution of the United States of America. I wound up flying a desk, not by choice, but that’s where I was asked to be. Thousands of others fill more dangerous roles because that’s where they are asked to be. Whatever the case may be, we often face ridicule from the leftists, but even that is worth going through so long as there is still at least one American thankful for their freedom and aware they enjoy it because of the sacrifice of others.

    A thousand people marching against you shouting leftist propaganda makes you sad, but as long as you know there are people who appreciate what you signed up for, it’s worth fighting for.

  23. wordsmith says:

    It’s nice to hear whenever soldiers are shown our appreciation by such a gesture as this, paying for their meal in a restaurant, etc.

  24. kevin says:

    No Daily Kos readers on that plane, eh?

  25. Dapoppins says:

    As it should be!

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  27. Rob Farrington says:

    I’m British and I wish that our soldiers were appreciated over here as yours are over there (not by the Daily Kos and Huffington Post crowd obviously, but at least there are still sections of society there that remember what sacrifice means and appreciate their military).

    God bless all of those who have risked their lives serving their country and protecting the people in Iraq and Afghanistan. You’re the best of us and I wish you all safe passage home to your families when your tour of duty is over.