Honor, pride, joy, tears, Patriotism….those were just a few of the emotions that were on display last evening at the Southeast Florida Honor Flight Operation Homecoming at PBIA.
No fewer than 1300 supporters, from Boy Scouts to current and former military personnel, moms and dads, newborns to adolescents, grandmothers and grandfathers; they came out to honor our WWII Veterans, to welcome them home, shake their hands, hug them, wish them well, and share a tear with them.
I so wish that we could bottle the spirit and the emotion that is always in the air during these flights. If there was only a way to make a potion or a pill that we could all take every day, (especially our youth) to remind us not only of what these amazing men and women, our Greatest Generation, did, but just as importantly…WHY?
Look into the faces of any junior or senior in High School, or anyone just starting college, and you’ll see the same hopes and dreams that these guys had but were willing to risk to serve the country they loved. They knew that we faced a monstrous enemy, the likes of which was unimaginable, and hasn’t been seen again until 'recently.’ They knew in their heart of hearts that it was up to them to stop that enemy on two fronts so that maybe those who survived could live out their lives in at least some sort of peace and normalcy.
Ask any of them what concerns them and I’m certain the answer might be that too many have lost the resolve to do what they rose to do, and many have just simply been dumbed down and/or sissified to step up to the even more deadly threat we face today.
While no one would never ask these ancient warriors to take up arms again, I would bet every last one of them would do so in a heartbeat, and I know most of us that understand what needed to be done as they did and still do, would stand with them.
God bless these heroes and all of our men and women who have served and are still serving. We owe them a debt that can never be repaid. However we could sure as hell start by changing the course we are on, elect real leaders, and reject the liberal thinking that has and is destroying what they sacrificed so much for.
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