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    I realize this is another of those non-machining themes, but I thought it worth sharing. It's not intended to generate dissention, but rather to promote a concialitory spirit among us. I hope you'll all take it that way.
    Today I received 3rd hand the following email. It touched me.

    (This email is from Andy Nelson, an employee with Doster Construction in Montgomery.)

    I want to tell you of an experience I had last night flying home from Atlanta.

    The pilot came on the intercom and went through the usual announcements telling us that "we're just east of Montgomery cruising at 28,000 feet" and "you've picked a beautiful night for flying, just look at the gorgeous southern sunset out of the right side of the plane". He then, however, said this: "Please bear with me as I deviate from the script, but I want you all to know that simply by coincidence you have been granted both the privilege and honor of escorting the body of Army PFC Howard Johnson, Jr. home tonight. PFC Johnson was killed in Iraq defending the freedoms we all enjoy, and fighting to extend those freedoms to the people of Iraq. We are also accompanied by PFC Johnson's cousin, Marine Major Talley, who has been chosen by the family to escort PFC Johnson home. Semper Fi!"

    The plane quickly became very quiet, but soon erupted in thunderous applause that lasted for several minutes. It was quite moving, to say the least. As I sat there thinking about what the pilot had said, and visualizing PFC Johnson's dead body riding below me in the belly of that plane, I noticed a couple of things. Two rows in front of me sat a father holding his daughter, an infant, and they were practicing "ma-ma", and in the row behind me was another young boy, probably 2 or so, learning to count to 10. Now obviously both are too young to realize we're at war, or that one of our dead was with us, but it made me think, and this is the point: These warriors, mostly young, all volunteers, everyday are prepared to give their lives for our future, for a safer, more secure future for people they don't even know, all based on the principle that fighting and dying for this country is worth it. You all know and agree with this, but not everyone does, so I would ask that if you meet anyone that's not "on board" with this philosophy, i.e. the protesters to which Bob refers, that you "correct the situation".

    By the way, the flight ended with all of us deplaning only to line the windows of the gate house to watch PFC Johnson's body, draped in the American flag, be rolled out of the plane and into a waiting hearse that was surrounded by his family members.

    Please pray that our soldiers' sight is acute, their aim is true, and that as many come home as God can spare.

    Andy Nelson
    746 Adams Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama 36104

    end quote

    Lynn (Huntsville, AL)

  • #2
    A sobering email......and worthy of reading.

    I wish that "ALL" of us could realize that whether or not we agree with fighting (the word "war" seems to rub too many people the wrong way) for the rights of others (and ourselves) to live a safe and unendangered life, the lives of those that actually do the fighting should command our utmost respect and gratitude.

    Have a safe Easter......



    • #3

      Thank you for reminding us all in such moving fashion of our obligations to our fellow citizens who serve our beloved nation by placing their lives at risk.

      In three days time my wife and I plan to depart for an annual 5 week vacation to where our fallen and living servicemen are honored to a degree that is mostly unknown in this their own land.

      Every few years my old army unit conducts tours of remembrance to where so many of our comrades fell in defense of all men's liberty. Prior to leaving on the tour all are cautioned to bring plenty of handkerchiefs for those moments when the little children in the liberated towns approach the touring vets and offer them flowers in touching thanks for their past sacrifices. "These little kids will make you break down", we are cautioned. They have been taught by their parents to honor the everlasting debt owed these visiting veterans and their fallen comrades.

      It has become a cliche and fashionable to say that "the French do not like Americans". Nothing could be farther from the truth.

      My wife and I have always been received in a gracious and warm manner by the French people whom I respect and admire.

      I have written this for I believe that the French who helped us achieve our own liberty so long ago are owed this acknowlegement.

      I wish all of you, my friends, good health and success in all your many projects.



      • #4
        Stuff the french ,and the germans!


        • #5

          Well said brother. May your trip be a safe and heartfelt experience for you and your princess.


          I watched the funerals of the servicemen and women (Ft. Bliss). Taps always upsets me, but I lost it when they piped "Amazing Grace" - may they R.I.P., having served their country with honour and duty.

          [This message has been edited by Thrud (edited 04-20-2003).]


          • #6
            Thanks Oscar its nice to hear someone with an intelligent view with regards the French and the Germans both very wonderful people,and Lynnl as always buddy you did a good job too reminding us of the sacrifices made and the heartache felt by the families when a loved one has been taken away from them whilst still so young and with so much to offer the world,you are as always constantly very sincere in your approach and a kind and decent human being,I would love to meet you one day as I am sure we have a lot in common.kindest regards to you both from Alistair
            Please excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease


            • #7
              Alistair: Regarding you commnet about past posts (You mentioned Lynn but I refer to all), it is interesting to go to search feature, enter a user name, and review the posts. I think a personality developes- maybe not the mands real personality, but at least how he/she is willing to be precieved. And first post kind of shows what utrns the person on enough to register and comment.

              Very interesting to look back.
              PS Saddle63 is this your first post? don't remember you. welcome


              • #8
                Steve as far as I can see Saddle 63 has not made any comments before and he may well be a nice guy how can we know.It is just sad that the first oportunity he has to offer us his views on a topic result in six words and all of them extremely negative and bitter toward two great nations.I am sure he does not know all Frenchmen or women, or all Germans it would at least have been more informative although not neccessarily educationally enlightening if he had gone on to inform us why, or how, he would stuff them and what with. Alistair
                Please excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease


                • #9
                  Hope he doesn't stuff them with meatloaf. They will get real cranky.
                  mark costello-Low speed steel


                  • #10
                    As I said before many times I worked with the Germans in Germany for five years and I found them to be wonderful people .I still have many of thgem as friends. Most of the people who make ill infirmed remarks (in my experience)usually have never met a German or really sat down and had a decent coversation with one. This is a kind of bigotry that exists today in Northern Ireland between protestants and catholics and they usually never spend time to get to know each other either just carry on with the same ignorant hatred in their hearts they were brought up with,and no good tangible reason for it sorry these comments are wrong Alistair
                    Please excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease


                    • #11
                      You should have been of German descent living in a small town of English descendents during WWII. Wasn't always pleasant at school, but---it's all in the past.


                      • #12
                        Amusing side note. Eldest son was a Liaison Officer during Operation Reforger a few years ago in the Black Forest area. A German General came up to him, read his name tag and proceeded to say "Leftenant, aren't you wearing the wrong uniform?" Imagine his surprise when my son replied in a perfect Southern Alabama accent, "No Suh! I AM wearing the right uniform."


                        • #13
                          I have friends in Germany and France. Wonderful people, great places to visit.

                          Let us not confuse the actions of the French government (which we don't like) with the French people themselves. That would leave us thinking like some Arab terrorists who confuse Americans with the action of the the US government (which they don't like).

                          Mike L
                          Mike L
                          Amateur machinist, self-taught. I had a poor teacher, but I was a good student.


                          • #14
                            Gents, sometimes sublety is wasted on you'all. .
                            Alistair, saddle (per his profile) registered on 4-19, wrote his 6 words.I think he will not return.

                            As I said, one click gives a list of his posts (1)& date registered. Reading between the line, you can tell (guess) what turned him/her on and a personality developes. I note he is from UK. And he may very well have some good reasons for his feelings- I have no idea. But, man, he IS succinct!


                            • #15
                              I got it Steve, very clever and poignient. Well said.

                              Mike, lets not leave out confusing arabs and muslims (not the same, just many common members) with the sociopaths which claim to represent them.