"Hometown Hero" returns from War

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Postby iluvk9 » July 2nd, 2011, 11:21 am

I thought it fitting to share this on Fourth of July weekend.

My town has a program called Hometown Hero. When someone is returning from the war, we get an email and go to the airport. I just volunteered, and this is my first time. I was OVERWHELMED with emotion.


The young man looked like he was 20. Maybe. He was given an award from the county.
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His town had their Veterans/motorcylists there. I would guess 200. He received an escort from them, to his home. Firefighters, EMT's, Police, and volunteers lined the path for him.
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At the end of the parade path was the American flag, with the names of the men and women who lost their lives on 9-11.
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I will be buying waterproof mascara for my next welcome home event. And I plan on attending every one.
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Postby plebayo » July 2nd, 2011, 11:28 am

Wow, that is really neat!!!! That's great that you could be a part of that.
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » July 2nd, 2011, 2:58 pm

What an amazing program!
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Postby madremissy » July 2nd, 2011, 3:01 pm

How awsome is that!!! There is a lady at the Atlanta airport that volunteers for this everyday. I don't know how she knows who is coming in on what flight but she tries to greet each and every soldier coming home.
What a great thing to do Joyce. I don't know if the waterproof mascara would help me.
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Postby Hoyden » July 2nd, 2011, 6:02 pm

That is frickin' awesome. I definitely would volunteer for that!!

I know how you feel Joyce, people don't understand why I get choked up about certain things to do with the military.

It still feels weird that they don't play the National Anthem before every movie with everyone standing, reverent & silent. I still stop and face the flag when I hear the National Anthem with my hand over my heart & don't move until the last note fades away. I still ball when the Blue Angels or any military fighter does a fly over, hear a 21 gun salute or Taps.
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Postby iluvk9 » July 2nd, 2011, 6:18 pm

Hoyden wrote: I still ball when the Blue Angels or any military fighter does a fly over, hear a 21 gun salute or Taps.


Oh, those put me over the edge, too. Even if I see them on TV.
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Postby furever_pit » July 6th, 2011, 9:56 pm

That is a really cool program.
Good for you for getting involved.
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Postby iluvk9 » July 7th, 2011, 12:52 am

I saw an article about him in our local paper. He IS 20! He enlisted at 17, with his parents permission.
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