Great story. It's been circulating for weeks.

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> From: Steven Montgomery [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
> Sent: Saturday, November 15, 2003 9:56 AM
> Subject: [ZION] Inspirational Story
> Here is a very inspirational *true* story, verified by
> (They
> talked to the original source of the story, Will Ross. See For
> yourself at:
> I thought this might
> brighten up your day <grin>.
> --
> Steven Montgomery
> A Day at Baltimore Airport (The writer and his wife live in LA and both
> work for Uncle Sam.)
> Dear Friends and Family,
> I hope that you will spare me a few minutes of your time to tell you
> about something that I saw on Monday, October 27. I had been attending a
> conference in Annapolis and was coming home on Sunday. As you may recall,
> Los Angeles International Airport was closed on Sunday, October
> 26, because
> of the fires that affected air traffic control. Accordingly, my
> flight, and
> many others, were canceled and I wound up spending a night in Baltimore.
> My story begins the next day. When I went to check in at the United
> counter Monday morning I saw a lot of soldiers home from Iraq. Most were
> very young and all had on their desert camouflage uniforms. This was as
> change from earlier, when they had to buy civilian clothes in
> Kuwait to fly
> home. It was a visible reminder that we are in a war. It probably was
> pretty close to what train terminals were like in World War II.
> Many people were stopping the troops to talk to them, asking them
> questions in the Starbucks line or just saying "Welcome Home." In addition
> to all the flights that had been canceled on Sunday, the weather was
> terrible in Baltimore and the flights were backed up. So, there were a lot
> of unhappy people in the terminal trying to get home, but nobody
> that I saw
> gave the soldiers a bad time.
> By the afternoon, one plane to Denver had been delayed several hours.
> United personnel kept asking for volunteers to give up their
> seats and take
> another flight. They weren't getting many takers. Finally, a United
> spokeswoman got on the PA and said this, "Folks. As you can see, there are
> a lot of soldiers in the waiting area. They only have 14 days of leave and
> we're trying to get them where they need to go without spending any more
> time in an airport then they have to. We sold them all tickets, knowing we
> would oversell the flight. If we can, we want to get them all on this
> flight. We want all the soldiers to know that we respect what
> you're doing,
> we are here for you and we love you."
> At that, the entire terminal of cranky, tired, travel-weary people, a
> cross-section of America, broke into sustained and heartfelt applause. The
> soldiers looked surprised and very modest. Most of them just looked at
> their boots. Many of us were wiping away tears.
> And, yes, people lined up to take the later flight and all the
> soldiers went to Denver on that flight. That little moment made
> me proud to
> be an American, and also told me why we will win this war.
> If you want to send my little story on to your friends and family,
> feel free. This is not some urban legend. I was there, I was part of it, I
> saw it happen.
> Will Ross
> Administrative Judge
> United States Department of Defense
> Bonnie Rathke
> Regional Purchaser, DHS Region 7, mailcode 016-1
> Phone 512/832-7672, Fax 512/834-4797
> Digital pager 800/527-2431 pin 5101
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