when i was at atlantas airport to meet my friend
i said to every person in srvice thank you
the smile on there faces makes me happy
This from a cyber acquaintance on another forum:
"Last Saturday night I attended the Chargers vs. Packers exhibition game at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. The half-time show was so patriotic; 150 or so recruits took their enlistment oath on the field, in front of 58,000 people. I'm choking up now as I remember it.
The roar of approval as the recruits marched in from beneath the scoreboard to the center of the field was thunderous and continuous. Then the stadium was darkened and spotlights were directed on the recruits, and the audience went silent; at least as silent as that many people can be. At that point an officer administered the oath. It was so moving ...
About halfway through I noticed that most of the audience was standing, like during the National Anthem. And then I noticed I was standing, too! Don't know when that happened; it was spontaneous and unconsious. As they finished the oath my wife looked over at me and I saw she was crying. And then I realized that I had teared up, too. It was such a powerful moment!
When the oath was finished the cheering and applause was even louder and more enthusiastic than before. The oath was followed by an aerial fireworks show but none of the usual "oohs and aahs" related applause; the audience was still cheering the recruits. And did so solidly until they marched back off the field.
Wow. What a magnificent experience! What a way to start one's enlistment!"