Thursday, August 19, 2010
Recently, a friend and myself drove to the Atlanta Airport to meet another friend who was returning to Georgia after visiting family. Having time to wait, the two of us decided to order something to drink and eat. We located a restaurant and sat down to eat. Within a short distance we saw about 12 young people, two were women. What's so special about seeing these adults? Well, they all had the military uniform of the U.S. Army. Looking at these service men and women, the oldest appeared to be no older than 24. My son is 37. All of these people could be my child. They were laughing, talking and appeared to enjoy each other's company. A number questions came into my mind. What were their names? Were they visiting family or at the airport to make a connection to go to a military base? How long had each person enrolled into the Army and their job duties?As I was thinking of all of these questions, my mind couldn't drift away from "the end of the road destination"., WAR. Will any of these young people be sent to a country to fight war with a country who didn't have any of the freedom as America? If they were involved in war, would they come back home alive or in a casket? Being a parent, the thoughts of the possibility of my child losing his life was very frightening. How can these young adults take on so much responsibility? When watching the television news, stories are told of people this age who get into trouble such as killing, theft, etc. These young people have chosen a path of responsibility and dedication to serve in the military Some sadness, came over me as if I could claim all of these young adults as if they were my children.As my mind was wandering, all of the "12 Today's Patriots", got up from their table talked and gave each other a hug and scattered in different directions. What was in the future of these 12? My friend and I felt pride and said a prayer all 12. To be so young, but "so old", in many ways. God Bless our soldiers.
He had no facial wrinkles:
His hands weren't calloused.
He was tall and lean:
This 21 year old Marine.
As he walked, He showed a sense of pride:
He joined the Service, not knowing where he may reside,
Let's hope it's not Afganistan or Iraq.
But, if this should be,we hope everyone
Will see,this Soldier did his mission:
He did it for you and me.