Will you give this to my Daddy? (6/11/14)

Last week a friend of mine was in Atlanta, Georgia attending a conference. While in the airport, returning home, several people beginning to clap and cheer. He immediately turned around and witnessed one of the greatest acts of patriotism he have ever seen.

 
Moving thru the terminal was a group of soldiers in their camos. As they began heading to their gate, everyone (well almost everyone) was abruptly to their feet with their hands waving and cheering.
 
When he saw the soldiers, probably 30-40 of them, being applauded and cheered for, it hit him. He was not the only red-blooded American who still loves this country and supports our troops and their families.
Of course my friend 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 home without fear or reprisal.
 
Just when he thought he 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 kneeled down and said 'hi.'
 
The little girl then asked him if he would give something to her daddy for her.
 
The young soldier, who didn't look any older than maybe 22 himself, said he would try and what did she want to give to her daddy. Then 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 daughter's name was Courtney, told the young soldier that her husband was a Marine and had been in Iraq for 11 months now. As the mom was explaining how much her daughter Courtney missed her father, the young soldier began to tear up.
 
When this temporarily single mom was done explaining her situation, all of the soldiers huddled together for a brief second. Then one of the other service men 
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 mom at this point was crying almost uncontrollably and as the young soldier stood to his feet, he saluted Courtney and her mom.
 
As the soldiers began to leave, heading towards their gate, people resumed their applause. There were very few dry eyes. That young soldier in one last act of selflessness, 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 American.