The Airline Sandwich.
This was sent to me by a buddy who served with me in the R.A.N., did his twenty years ended up a a Chief Petty Office … Torpedo and Anti-submarine ….and now is retired.
I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in my
assigned seat. It was going to be a long flight.. ‘I’m glad I have a good
book to read . Perhaps I will get a short nap,’ I thought.
soldier seated nearest to me.
and then we’re being deployed to Afghanistan
lunch was available for five dollars. It would be several
hours before we reached the east, and I quickly decided a lunch would
help pass the time..
As I reached for my wallet, I overheard soldier ask his buddy if
he planned to buy lunch. ‘No, that seems like a lot of money for
just a sandwiched. Probably wouldn’t be worth five bucks. I’ll wait
till we get to base ’
His friend agreed.
I walked to the back of the plane and handed the flight attendant a
fifty dollar bill. ‘Take a lunch to all those soldiers.’ She grabbed
my arms and squeezed tightly. Her eyes wet with tears, she thanked
me. ‘My son was a soldier in Iraq ; it’s almost like you are doing it
soldiers were seated. She stopped at my seat and asked, ‘Which do you
like best – beef or chicken?’
later with a dinner plate from first class. This is your thanks.’
heading for the rest room. A man stopped me. ‘I saw what you did. I
want to be part of it. Here, take this.’ He handed me twenty-five
down the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he walked, I hoped he
was not looking for me, but noticed he was looking at the numbers
only on my side of the plane. When he got to my row he stopped, smiled,
held out his hand, and said, ‘I want to shake your hand.’
Quickly unfastening my seatbelt I stood and took the Captain’s
hand. With a booming voice he said, ‘I was a soldier and I was a
military pilot. Once, someone bought me a lunch. It was an act of kindness
I never forgot.’ I was embarrassed when applause was heard from all
of the passengers.
legs. A man who was seated about six rows in front of me reached o out
his hand, wanting to shake mine. He left another twenty-five dollars
in my palm.
Waiting just inside the airplane door was a man who stopped me, put
something in my shirt pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a word.
Another twenty-five dollars!
trip to the base. I walked over to them and handed them seventy-five
dollars. ‘It will take you some time to reach the base. It will be
about time for a sandwich. God Bless You.’
Ten young men left that flight feeling the love and respect of
their fellow travelers. As I walked briskly to my car, I
whispered a prayer for their safe return. These soldiers were
giving their all for our country. I could only give them a couple of meals.
It seemed so little….
cheque made payable to “AUSTRALIA ’ for an amount of
‘up to and including my life.’
who no longer understand it.’
May you have the strength and courage to pass this along to
everyone on your email buddy list….
I JUST DID
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