The Sack Lunch

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  1. pinoybaptist

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    Mar 17, 2002
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    posting this on the board, FWIW.
    received from an old baptist list I am subscribed to.

    The Sack Lunches

    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

    Just before take-off, a line of
    soldiers came down the aisle and filled all the vacant
    seats, totally surrounding me. I decided to start a

    'Where are you headed?' I
    asked the soldier seated nearest to me.
    We'll be there for two weeks for special training, and then
    we're being deployed
    to Afghanistan

    flying for about an hour, an announcement was made that sack
    lunches were 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 a soldier ask his buddy
    if he planned to buy lunch. 'No, that seems like a lot
    of money for just a sack lunch. Probably wouldn't be worth
    five bucks. I'll wait till we get to

    His friend

    I looked around at the other
    soldiers. None were buying lunch. 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
    for him.'

    Picking up ten sacks, she
    headed up the aisle to where the soldiers were seated. She
    stopped at my seat and asked, 'Which do you like best - beef
    or chicken?'
    'Chicken,' I replied, wondering why
    she asked. She turned and went to the front of plane,
    returning a minute later with a dinner plate from first

    'This is your

    After we finished eating, I
    went again to the back of the plane, heading for the rest
    A man stopped me. 'I saw what you did. I want
    to be part of it. Here, take this.' He handed me twenty-five

    Soon after I returned to my
    seat, I saw the Flight Captain coming 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.

    Later I walked to the
    front of the plane so I could stretch my legs. A man who was
    seated about six rows in front of me reached out his hand,
    wanting to shake mine. He left another twenty-five dollars
    in my palm.

    When we landed I gathered my
    belongings and started to deplane. 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!

    entering the terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering for
    their 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
    God Bless You.'

    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...

    A veteran is someone
    who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made
    payable to 'The United States of America ' for an
    amount of 'up to and including my

    That is Honor, and there are way
    too many people in this country who no longer understand

    May God give you the strength and
    courage to pass this along to everyone on your email buddy

    I JUST

    There is nothing attached. Just
    send this to people in your address book. Do not let it stop
    with you. Of all the gifts you could give a Marine, Soldier,
    Sailor, Airman, & others deployed in harm's way, prayer
    is the very best
  2. Salty

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    Apr 8, 2003
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    192 has classified this as "undetermined". There is one big flaw in the story. Since 11 Sep, are pilots even allowed to leave the cockpit?

    Also, if the GI was on a PCS move, he would be reimbursed for his meal.

    Anybody see any other flaws?

    Nice heart warming story, but sounds like good fiction.

    Sgt Salty
  3. pinoybaptist

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    Mar 17, 2002
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    It's just a story.
    And I picked it up because of the heartwarming side, I figured it didn't have to be true and allowed it its lapses because at the heart of it is:love the vets.

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