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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Coming Home


"The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family." ~Thomas Jefferson ~

This photo, taken by U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Mark Fayola, provided by the U.S. Department of Defense is titled “Back to Base.”

The picture captures a frozen moment in time that was snapped on May 30, 2010 as United States Marines, assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, depart a checkpoint and patrol, returning back to Forward Operating Base Geronimo in Afghanistan.

One can only wonder if thoughts of home were on the minds of those men as they strode into the setting sun that early evening.

How many wish for home but will never return, or never return the same?

CNN’s “Home and Away” online site reports that as of Saturday, June 12, 2010 coalition casualties in Afghanistan are 1,812 deaths and 6,232 wounded. The figures for Iraq are even more disturbing – 4,725 deaths and 31,844 wounded.

Each one of those casualties represent families and loved ones who waited for their return home, but now only bear the scars of loss.

This morning I received and email, which included the videos that are embedded below; they were forwarded on from a dear friend. The subject line simply read “FW: The happiest e-mail I've received this year.” The note attached simply said, “Definitely a good one to pass around.”

A second note, from the original sender added, “Get ready for a good cry...love this.”

I have to agree with both assessments.

The videos, from the TheBobjohnson1984 YouTube channel are lovingly prepared compilations honoring soldiers who have made it home and into arms of their loved ones.

Before you watch, be sure to get your out your box of Kleenex , and then pass this on.

Soldiers Surprising Their Loved Ones: PART ONE



Soldiers Surprising Their Loved Ones: PART TWO

5 comments:

BarryGillogly said...

Two boxes of Kleenex... Thank you!

Single and Sane said...

What a poignant reminder of those who have come home, and those who didn't. Thank you!

Paula Slade said...

Barry -
Single and Sane -

The videos deeply touched me. You are welcome.

arlee bird said...

Some joyous reunions! It would be wonderful if all of the soldiers could come home, but I wonder what would happen to the world if we took an isolationist approach. Sometimes I think it would be great not only to bring all the soldiers back, but all the jobs as well.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Paula Slade said...

Lee - it would be wonderful if we could bring them all home. I believe true isolationism would be a problem, but I'm all for non-interventionism. Keeping our borders open for trade and cultural exchanges are important to developing peaceful and mutually beneficial friendships worldwide. Perhaps I'm a dreamer.