Faith Renewed

I don’t always have a positive outlook on people in general. Let’s face it, this world can be a pretty messed up place. But thankfully, things happen often enough to renew my faith in human-kind. One of those things happened this weekend.

I live in a large military area and while living here, you get used to seeing soldiers everywhere. Men and women in uniform blanket this area, so to say patriotism is an everyday thing is an understatement.

This weekend I flew my daughter half way across the country, then turned around and flew home a little over 12 hours later. By the time I got on my last flight back to Norfolk, I had been traveling for about 28 hours and just wanted to get home. I flew Southwest and if you haven’t taken that airline lately, there are no assigned seats. You get a letter and number and that combination tells when you can get on the plane. Once on, you sit wherever you can find a seat. The early boarding combinations are highly desired if you don’t want to be in the last row…in a middle seat.

Saturday afternoon, in the Baltimore airport, before anyone else boarded, the Southwest rep came on the intercom and asked if there were any military personnel in uniform on this flight. He offered that they pre-board first. One soldier walked to the door, and the rest of us applauded. My faith was once again renewed. Maybe we human beings aren’t so messed up after all.

Here’s a video of a performance from the Academy of Country Music awards held recently in Las Vegas. It’s Trace Adkins performing with the West Point Glee Club on a song called ‘Til the Last Shot’s Fired. The video and song are available at CBS.com or iTunes and the proceeds benefit the Wounded Warriors organization. It’s less than $3 and it’ll make you feel better about human-kind.

Enjoy.

5 thoughts on “Faith Renewed”

  1. Janga says:

    I watched the ACM Award Show, Terri, and that number had me sobbing. Those are words we can all add a fervent Amen too, whatever our political views.

  2. irisheyes says:

    Twice in the past year I’ve been travelling and have encountered military personnel walking through the airport. Both times as they walked through the airport everyone stopped what they were doing and started applauding. It was a very moving experience. It does give you a very good feeling.

    I second that whatever your political views, it’s nice that people can respect and honor the sacrifice these men and women are making for our country.

  3. terrio says:

    As the said on the show, it’s not about the war, it’s about the warrior. And really if you listen to the song, all the battles and wars referenced had different political backdrops. It really is just about praying for peace.

    Janga – I cried, how could you not. It was so moving. And I went right to iTunes and pre-ordered.

    Irish – Isn’t it, I’m not sure of the word, maybe uplifting? To see that kind of support. I think that is still a reflection of 9/11. As horrible as that day was, it did bring the country together. I had to take a roadtrip less than a week after and I can still remember all the flags and signs hanging on barns and over passes and just everywhere you looked. There really were no state lines for a time.

  4. Quantum says:

    A very moving song Terri, and a great voice.

    For a while I worked on military technology and always felt that we back room boffins had a pretty cushy time compared with the men and women putting their lives on the line.

    Historically Britons have always faced aggression from the continent and we pay particular attention to maintaining a strong navy and air force. Radar and sonar defences have been very high on the research agenda since the two world wars. Over the centuries we have had to fight many nations e.g. Romans, Vikings, Normans, Spanish, French, Germans, and now Terrorists.

    Armed forces personnel are held in the highest regard over here and collaboration with America as champion of freedom and democracy is considered vital.

    We also like you a lot, even if you don’t play cricket. *grin*

  5. terrio says:

    You know, Q, you have to wonder why we picked up about every other sport from there, but not cricket. Or I guess you could say our baseball is a version of your cricket.

    Working with mostly retired military and living in this area have given me more insight and an even stronger appreciation for what these men and women do. Which gives even more meaning to the words of the song, a little prayer for peace is always a good thing. Let’s hope we can bring them all home soon.

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