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What honor looks like: The flash mob at Gate 38 of Reagan National Airport
Mullerover.com ^ | 6th June 2012 | Chris Muller

Posted on 06/05/2012 9:19:11 PM PDT by the scotsman

'Honor is a hard term to describe. It doesn’t have a color or weight or shape. If someone were to ask me what honor looked like, I’d probably struggle with what to say.

But something happened on May 23, 2012 at 9:31 a.m. at Gate 38 of Reagan National Airport that might change that. A flash mob of sorts broke out. But not like you’ve seen on YouTube with highly choreographed dance numbers or people singing a song in unison. In fact, virtually all of the participants of this “flash mob” didn’t know they would be participating until moments before it happened.

Let me explain. Shortly before 9:30 over the loud speakers, a US Airways gate attendant announced that an Honor Flight of World War II veterans would be arriving momentarily and encouraged anyone passing by to help greet them. Five or six people looked like they were officially part of the welcoming committee, and the rest of the people in the secure section of the airport were regular old travelers going somewhere. Then I had a terrible thought. What if these veterans came off the plane and just those five or six individuals were there to greet them. I walked a gate over to help see the veterans out.

But – then it happened and frankly, I wasn’t expecting it. All throughout the terminal, people left their gates and gathered around gate 38. A few active military personnel in plain clothes approached the gate attendant and politely asked if they could join in the salute within the jet way as the heros first stepped off the plane. Every human being in the terminal stood at attention and faced the door.'

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: dca; flashmob; honorflight; veterans; wwii

1 posted on 06/05/2012 9:19:17 PM PDT by the scotsman
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To: the scotsman

Finally, a flashmob worth something and not a bunch of achingly trendy idiots.


2 posted on 06/05/2012 9:20:05 PM PDT by the scotsman (I)
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To: the scotsman

Wonderful! Thanks for sharing!


3 posted on 06/05/2012 9:22:57 PM PDT by texpat72 (<><)
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To: the scotsman

wow!!!!!


4 posted on 06/05/2012 9:26:14 PM PDT by Mr. K (I AM WRITING-IN PALIN/GINGRICH)
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To: the scotsman

Seldom do tears come to my old eyes, this will be my one and only exception this decade.

I thank these brave men in my prayers every night before I go to bed. Their bravery and sacrifice gave me the privilege to serve in my own small way.


5 posted on 06/05/2012 9:33:32 PM PDT by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: Mr. K

Loved it ! I’m proud of all who stand by our soldiers.


6 posted on 06/05/2012 9:35:18 PM PDT by imemyself
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To: the scotsman

Very good!

Thanks for sharing.


7 posted on 06/05/2012 9:35:38 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: the scotsman

maybe there is some hope after all


8 posted on 06/05/2012 9:37:03 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: Mr. K

I think these might be the same group my husband got to be with the other evening. It was an Honor Flight group and our local KOC put them up for dinner. My little 10 year old got to present the colors as part of the Boy Scouts and also spend the evening with the WW vets.

It was a great learning experience for our son.


9 posted on 06/05/2012 9:37:35 PM PDT by LibsRJerks
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To: the scotsman

Thank you for posting this. My father-in-law was on one of those honor flights around 18 mos. or 2 years ago and absolutely had the time of his life.

It was a long day and draining but he said he’d do it all over again. I sent him the link and told him that this flash mob was saying thanks to all the vets including him.

Thank you again.


10 posted on 06/05/2012 9:39:54 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: stylecouncilor; windcliff

WOW!


11 posted on 06/05/2012 9:43:28 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: the scotsman
BRAVO!


12 posted on 06/05/2012 9:43:44 PM PDT by The Mayor ("If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat" — Ronald Reagan)
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To: the scotsman

Watched twice! So moved... thanks to you for posting and God Bless them all!


13 posted on 06/05/2012 9:44:40 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: the scotsman

This reminds me again-—there are so many wonderful people out there! Thank you!


14 posted on 06/05/2012 9:46:20 PM PDT by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law)
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To: the scotsman

One day we will hear that the last WWII vet has passed. greet them when you see them.


15 posted on 06/05/2012 9:46:25 PM PDT by healy61
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To: the scotsman

Thanks,

My good friend accompanied his dad and other vets last month on an Honor Flight out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Said it was one of the best days of his life to share it with these vets.

Oldplayer


16 posted on 06/05/2012 10:04:28 PM PDT by oldplayer
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To: the scotsman

:)


17 posted on 06/05/2012 10:07:10 PM PDT by EmilyGeiger
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To: the scotsman

Somethings wrong with the video or my screen because the picture went all blurry.


18 posted on 06/05/2012 10:17:40 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: the scotsman

A few months after the WWII memorial opened my brother and I
flew our 79 yr old WWII combat wounded 11th Airborne dad to DC
from Ca to see it. Along the way whenever we went thru security
the old dude was pulled aside for special handling because the
titanium plate in head from his wound set off alarms. Didn’t seem
to bother him but tears welled in my eyes when I saw how some
of the TSA clowns treated a man who helped make it possible for
them to live in this free country. The old man said he was just
happy he was still on the right side of the lawn to make the
trip. I thought that was a pretty good perspective.


19 posted on 06/05/2012 10:22:42 PM PDT by Sivad (NorCal Red Turf)
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To: the scotsman

The screen’s all blurry. What’s up with that?
There still are Patriots out there, getting off the plane and in the airport.


20 posted on 06/05/2012 10:25:24 PM PDT by Eagles6 (S)
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To: the scotsman

I went to the 75th anniversary of the B-17 that was held at a huge hangar on Boeing Field. At our table were 2 actual B-17 pilots - one had photos. 26 missions.

There was sort of an Olympic style opening ceremony parade in which actual Rosie the Riverters, tailgunners, pilots, other crew members and others walked around in a parade while we audience members gave a continual standing ovation.

There were videos of what went on in the making and flying of these planes and the importance to the USA.

So many of us were crying - it was a stunning event. One of the things we heard said over and over “why isn’t this being taught in the schools?” Most of these people were barely more than children and what they did was monumental.

Compare that to the thing in the White House and it is just sickening. I’m reminded of the words about how freedom isn’t free - you have to keep fighting for it.


21 posted on 06/05/2012 10:42:11 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 wasn't an election - it was a coup d'etat.)
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To: the scotsman

Thanks for sharing this.

Kinda gives you a little hope for the future of our Country.

God Bless our Vets.

Semper Fi.


22 posted on 06/05/2012 10:47:18 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: the scotsman
AWESOME!!!
23 posted on 06/05/2012 11:08:39 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (Waiting for the new tagline to download)
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To: leapfrog0202

Same story here with my dad, he loved it.


24 posted on 06/05/2012 11:10:55 PM PDT by ShasheMac
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To: the scotsman

Honor. Must be earned.


25 posted on 06/05/2012 11:47:25 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned.)
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To: the scotsman

Ah! You made me cry!

Thank you for posting.


26 posted on 06/06/2012 12:54:04 AM PDT by Casie
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To: the scotsman

dare you to watch dry eyed


27 posted on 06/06/2012 12:58:14 AM PDT by maine-iac7 (tahk)
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To: the scotsman

Damn screen went blurry almost immediately.

How appropriate this happened at Reagan National Airport.

Reagan never forget the vets or the active duty personnel.

I have thanked a few WW2 vets—one was a USS Franklin sailor—look it up—they are so thankful for the recognition.

In the video, you see them come off the plane, walking straight as possible, knowing they faced the enemy 70 years ago and won. And led honorable lives.

Soon, they will not pass this way again.


28 posted on 06/06/2012 1:25:31 AM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: the scotsman

sniff....what a wonderful story!!


29 posted on 06/06/2012 3:36:40 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: the scotsman

Well ya just teared up this old swaggering Texan.


30 posted on 06/06/2012 4:03:00 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: the scotsman

God has blessed America, and perhaps we still deserve His blessing.


31 posted on 06/06/2012 5:17:07 AM PDT by Pollster1 (A boy becomes a man when a man is needed - John Steinbeck)
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To: the scotsman

I was fortunate to be flying out of BWI when one of these flights arrived. At least 150 people gathered to welcome these brave veterans.

It brought tears to everyone’s eyes.


32 posted on 06/06/2012 9:11:07 AM PDT by gunnut
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To: the scotsman

I was fortunate to be flying out of BWI when one of these flights arrived. At least 150 people gathered to welcome these brave veterans.

It brought tears to everyone’s eyes.


33 posted on 06/06/2012 9:30:31 AM PDT by gunnut
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