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    Another Reason I am Proud to be an American.

    My dad has was in Washington DC the last couple of days for work, his flight back to Kansas City came in last night. I had to go pick him up at KCI (Kansas City International Airport) which is about 30-40 minutes from my house. Got up there, his plane was late as usual. 10 minutes later, I see his plane approaching the gate when it stops short of the gate and a black Hearse with American Flag's mounted on the corners front bumper pulls up beside the plane. Don't know the technical term for them, but one of those trucks with the stairs pulls up to this side of the plane where a uniformed Marine then steps off and down the stairs. As soon as he got his boots on the tarmac, he turned and saluted the side of the plane. My view was blocked by the stair truck so I moved down a little ways, when I saw that he was saluting a casket. The casket was taken from the plane to the Hearse all with the Marine at full attention and saluting. The Marine then stepped into the passenger's side of the Hearse which then drove off out of view. The plane then pulled up to the gate and let all the passengers off.

    When my dad stepped off the plane I asked him if anyone said anything on the plane about stopping short of the gate since the flight was already delayed. He said that he got to sit next to the Marine for the flight. The Marine refused to take an upgraded seat in first class. He and my dad sat next to each other in coach where they talked almost the entire flight. Immediately my dad noticed the folded flag that the Marine never took out of his hand. My dad didn't put two and two together, and just asked the Marine if he was headed home. The Marine replied that he was escorting a fallen comrade, that was killed in Iraq, home to his family. My dad thanked the Marine for his service and for everything he has sacrificed for our country. They then talked about different things from sports to family for the rest of the flight.

    My dad said shortly after the plane landed at KCI and as soon as the plane pulled onto the taxiway, the Pilot announced:

    "Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to note that we have had the honor of having Sergeant Martens of the United States Marine Corps join us on this flight. He is escorting a fallen comrade back home to his family. I ask that you please remain in your seats when we open the forward door to allow Sergeant Martens to deplane and receive his fellow marine. We will then turn off the seat belt sign."

    My dad said the everyone sat there and just watched, a few teared up and one or two broke down crying, as Sergeant Martens walked down the aisle and exited the plane and then continued on his way to take his fellow soldier home.

    It was one of those sights that sends chills down your spine realizing how important of an event I had just witnessed. My dad said he had never met such a nice guy and had never been on a flight that was dead quiet even after Sergeant Martens was out of sight.

    Just thought I would share.
    Last edited by MadSpleen85; 06-27-2008, 04:27 AM. Reason: Spelling

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    all i can think of to say...

    also i couldnt pick just one
    Last edited by kc8enb07; 06-27-2008, 04:35 AM.

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      #3
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        #4
        Everytime I see one of our troops come home under escort like that it breaks my heart. God bless their family and all the families of all the other troops protecting our beliefs and the rights of those who can't fight for themselves.

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          #5
          Another Reason I am Proud to be an American.

          Yes as I am. It is not something that is in style with a lot of people today.
          All I can do is my part and I hope it's enough. If more young people studied history I think things would turnaround but I'm not holding my breath.
          I hate to say it but it looks like we may be circling the drain..........
          It's really sad to see the take care of me attitude, that is a total fail so prevalent.
          Take that freek show to the park, maybe the squirrels will care.

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            #6
            im proud to be an american by voting.

            bring the soldiers back and fix the problems that lie at home!
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              Hoo-rah!
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                #8
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                  #9
                  Its a shame that this is the kind of thing that gets ppl to come together and stop bitching.

                  Had it been anything else other than this, you know ppl wouldve complained.

                  Not sure if thats a good thing or a bad thing.

                  We often forget how fortunate we are to live in a country thats as "free" as it is. Its just a shame that seeing fallen soldiers is what really brings us back down to reality.

                  Thank you for sharing this experience Mike. Thank you for making me remember why Im proud to be an American.



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                    #10
                    I feel like a lot of people have been discuraged with the country lately, I know I have been. And some times I think how it would be better to just move to france or canada, but stories like that really make me think about how awesome this country is. In spite of it's faults, we are very very lucky.

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                      Originally posted by colslaw87 View Post
                      I feel like a lot of people have been discuraged with the country lately, I know I have been. And some times I think how it would be better to just move to france or canada, but stories like that really make me think about how awesome this country is. In spite of it's faults, we are very very lucky.
                      ...France?
                      wat?

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                        #12
                        Yeah....France??

                        Canada, yeah. Australia, maybe. England or the Netherlands, but France??



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                        Originally posted by Jarrett
                        Is there a goal you're trying to accomplish besides looking dope as hell?

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                          #13
                          there's a reason why A/C was invented by an American

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                            I don't mean to sound controversial, and I hope I'm not, but I think this is another reason to be ashamed of being American.

                            This is an ongoing 7-year-war with no end in sight, especially with new reports of the Taliban rising again in Afghanistan. I think it's stupid that we've been in this for so long and can't seem to call it quits... as a matter of fact, I think it's stupid that we've been in this at all. George Bush can't seem to decide what his priorities are. First he says that we're after the Taliban and its his number one priority, then he says who cares about the Taliban, we're after Saddam. Can you be proud about having a leader that doesn't even know what direction we're going and is causing so much pain and suffering for the families of these brave soldiers.

                            If you should be proud, be proud that you have people who are willing to defend you in a meaningless war for an imperialist nation, but you can't say that you're proud of what this nation has become.

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                              Originally posted by trcsbrian View Post
                              I don't mean to sound controversial, and I hope I'm not, but I think this is another reason to be ashamed of being American.

                              This is an ongoing 7-year-war with no end in sight, especially with new reports of the Taliban rising again in Afghanistan. I think it's stupid that we've been in this for so long and can't seem to call it quits... as a matter of fact, I think it's stupid that we've been in this at all. George Bush can't seem to decide what his priorities are. First he says that we're after the Taliban and its his number one priority, then he says who cares about the Taliban, we're after Saddam. Can you be proud about having a leader that doesn't even know what direction we're going and is causing so much pain and suffering for the families of these brave soldiers.

                              If you should be proud, be proud that you have people who are willing to defend you in a meaningless war for an imperialist nation, but you can't say that you're proud of what this nation has become.

                              Can you imagine the utter chaos that would happen in Iraq if we just suddenly upped and left? You have no idea what is really going on over there, or the ramifications of just pulling out. We can't just leave.
                              Originally posted by sweet91accord
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