I had the pleasure and honor of being a part of an amazing homecoming celebration. I found myself at Midway Airport standing along side thousands of other Americans awaiting the arrival of World War II veterans who were returning from their trip to Washington D.C. after having just been to the World War II Memorial.
There were people from all walks of life gathered and waiting hours before our guests of honor arrived. Many young people turned out, including Boy Scouts from all around the Chicago-area along with students from schools such as Nequa Valley, Gurrie Middle School and many others.
Some were there to support their loved ones, others there to simply say welcome home. And all were given the honor and privilege of being apart of a moment that touched so many hearts that they will never be the same again.
To see so many people on their feet cheering and shouting “Thank You” to our Veterans was truly an emotional ordeal, and the chance of a lifetime to give support and gratitude to those who gave so much to help ensure our freedoms. As we watched each man and woman come down the aisle of the over two thousand people in attendance, we saw tears roll down their cheeks and a look of pride and gratitude in their eyes.
It is we who owe these men and women a debt of thanks and gratitude. They sacrificed so much for us to enjoy the freedoms we have today. And it was our honor and privilege to be able to stand there and cheer our veterans on!
This chicken will never be the same. Shivers ran down my spine, tears ran down my face and I gained an understanding of what the true cost of freedom really is. Putting a face to the stories we grew up with changed everything. And seeing the life in their eyes and the love in their hearts, I now have an even greater and more appreciative understanding of how truly great this country is. All thanks to the men and women who serve, have served and continue to serve to ensure this country stays free.
Thank you for all you have done! Your sacrifice will never be forgotten!
And that’s the scratch!
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