September 03, 2006

Unverified but Heartwarming

Scrolling through the blogosphere this early am, reading Dr. Sanity which took me to Captain's Quarters which took me to... oh, hell, I forget, but somehow I ended up at Tim Blair which took me to the comments which took me to this:

From the daughter of a Soldier.

Last week I was in Melbourne attending a conference. While I was in the airport, returning home, I heard several people behind me beginning to clap and cheer.

I immediately turned around and witnessed one of the greatest acts of
patriotism I have ever seen.

Moving through the terminal was a group of soldiers in their uniforms, As they began heading to their gate everyone (well almost everyone) was abruptly to their feet with their hands waving and cheering. When I saw The soldiers, probably 30-40 of them, being applauded and cheered for, it hit me. I’m not alone. I’m not the only red blooded Australian who still loves this country and supports our Troops and their families.

Of course I immediately stopped and began clapping for these Young Unsung heroes who are putting their lives on the line everyday for us so we can go to school, work, and enjoy our home without fear or reprisal.

Just when I thought I could not be more proud of my country or of our service men and women a young girl, not more than 6 or 7 years old, ran up to one of the male soldiers. He knelt down and said “hi,” the little girl then asked him if he would Give something to her daddy for her. The young soldier didn’t look any older than maybe 22 himself, said he would try and what did she want to give to her daddy.

Suddenly the little girl grabbed the neck of this soldier, gave him the biggest hug she could muster and then kissed him on the cheek. The mother of the little girl, who said her daughters name was Courtney, told the young soldier that her husband was a Corporal and had been in Afghanistan for 11 months now. As the mum was explaining how much her daughter, Courtney, missed her father, the young soldier began to tear up.

When this temporarily single mum was done explaining her situation, all of the soldiers huddled together for a brief second. Then one of the other servicemen pulled out a military looking walkie-talkie. They started playing with the device and talking back and forth on it. After about 10-15 seconds of this, the young soldier walked back over to Courtney, bent down and said this to her, “I spoke to your daddy and he told me to give this to you.” He then hugged this little girl that he had just met and gave her a kiss on the cheek. He finished by saying “Your daddy told me to tell you that he loves you more than anything and he is coming home very soon.”

The mum at this point was crying almost uncontrollably and as the young soldier stood to his feet he saluted Courtney and her mum. I was standing no more than 6 feet away as this entire event unfolded.

As the soldiers began to leave, heading towards their gate, People resumed their applause. As I stood there applauding and looked around, there were very few dry eyes, including my own.

That young soldier in one last act of moment turned around and blew a
kiss to Courtney with a tear rolling down his cheek.

We need to remember everyday all of our soldiers and their Families and
thank God for them and their sacrifices.

At the end of the day, it’s good to be an Australian.

This was sent by email from someone to someone to someone. I have no idea who initiated it, no idea who posted it at Tim Blair, nor do I expect to ever know, but I've seen applauding at airports, I've seen little girls run up to soldiers (maybe their own dads) and I've seen the tears. So, maybe this is true and even if it is total fiction, fiction has a place in the blogosphere when it expresses a point of view. Then there is this little factoid, warmhearted fiction from the right is labeled as ... wait for it... "mush" by the left, but they have their own fictions: Joe Wilson and the outing of his wife, Richard Clark giving Condaleeza Rice the lowdown on Al Q, Bush stealing the elections... so, oh yes, the left's fiction is not in the least heartwarming and is only damaging. But, that's politics I guess.

Posted by GM Roper at September 3, 2006 07:57 AM | TrackBack

Sweet. Whether true or not, we know the caliber of soldiers and the fact is, they would do this for any little girl.

Thanks GM, you just made my day!

Posted by Raven at September 3, 2006 10:01 AM

I am not absolutely positive, but I believe Australia is the only country that has actually provided troops to the battlefied in every war the United States has been in since the First World War.

Like, GM, I've no idea if what he's reported to us is true, but I know plenty of people that feel that way and plenty of troops who would do the same.

Damn pity there are not more.

I do get completely disgusted when people say "I support the troops.......but...." No they don't. They don't even know any troops. They are not the ones sending "care" packages. Their sons and daughters don't serve.

What those people actually know about the military is less than nothing as their "knowledge" is mostly in error.

My wife and I use to travel often to Europe and other places round the world. I think I will only go to Australia next...and maybe last outside of CONUS.

Posted by tad at September 3, 2006 01:29 PM

Even if this story isn't true, it would be the kind of "fake but accurate" that we should all embrace. Not the Dan Rather type of "fake but accurate" whereby we all get frowny faced and become divisive. Because this story embodies all that is good in humans and has been witnessed time and time again throughout history.

Posted by Oyster at September 3, 2006 02:59 PM

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