Welcome Home Heroes
In the past, I’ve worked many flights where soldiers were leaving their loved ones behind as they go off to fight in the war. Needless to say, these were very emotional and tear-filled flights. It would always break my heart to see all these young heroes venturing into the unknown.
So for me, yesterday was a great day as we were fortunate to have a group of about 50 soldiers returning home to the islands after serving for a year in Iraq.
These were all “local” boys from Hawaii, some as young as 18 years old. You should have seen their smiling faces as they boarded the aircraft. One soldier even commented on how he couldn’t believe he was going home.
During the flight, a passenger decided to take up a collection from other passengers so that the troop could buy drinks, headsets, and snacks. He only got up to row 9 and had already collected $400! The generosity of the people amazed me. And when we finally landed on Oahu, the passengers all stayed in their seats and let the soldiers deplane first, giving them a standing ovation along the way.
It was a touching moment that I’ll never forget.
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Kailani is the owner and founder of An Island Life. You'll find her sharing her daily life as a mother to 3 wonderful daughters, working as a flight attendant, and living a blessed life in Hawaii. She is also the founder of the group review site - Family Review Network. Follow along on her adventure of a lifetime this Winter as a member of the Vaseline Dry Skin Patrol!