Thank you to upaces88 for sending me thisInternational Picture of the Year.Here are three very touching photos honored this year.First Place :First PlaceTodd Heisler, The Rocky Mountain NewsWhen 2nd Lt. James Cathey’s body arrived at the Reno Airport, Marines climbed into the cargo hold of the plane and draped the flag over his casket as passengers watched the family gather on the tarmac. During the arrival of another Marine’s casket last year at Denver International Airport, Major Steve Beck described the scene as so powerful: ‘See the people in the windows? They sat right there in the plane, watching those Marines. You gotta wonder what’s going through their minds, knowing that they’re on the plane that brought him home,’ he said. ‘They will remember being on that plane for the rest of their lives. They’re going to remember bringing that Marine home. And they should.’Second PlaceSecond PlaceTodd Heisler, The Rocky Mountain NewsThe night before the burial of her husband’s body, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets below the flag. Before she fell asleep, she opened her laptop computer and played songs that reminded her of ‘Cat,’ and one of the Marines asked if she wanted them to continue standing watch as she slept. ‘I think it would be kind of nice if you kept doing it,’ she said. ‘I think that’s what he would have wanted’.And the one that really tightens MY throat:3rd Place – “Son,on behalf of a grateful Nation,I present to you the flag of the United States of America, symbolizing your father’s service….”PLEASE KEEP THIS GOING!Blue Fridays.Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing blue every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the ‘silent majority.’ We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record breaking numbers. We are not organized, boisterous or overbearing.IF YOU AGREE — THEN SEND THIS ON.IF YOU COULDN’T CARE LESS — THEN HIT THE DELETE BUTTON.Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you:1. Jesus Christ2. The American G. I.One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.YOU MIGHT WANT TO PASS THIS ON, AS MANY SEEM TO FORGET
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