Friday, November 7, 2008

[Fwd: In memoriam...]

A good friend and colleague wrote this e-mail while he waited in transit at DFW on his way to Europe last week. I present it here with his permission. It gave me pause to remember the true cost of our freedoms that we (increasingly) consider lightly.

But, there's hope, as demonstrated by the DFW ground crew. Thank you, DFW, for showing respect for this fallen Member of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Tim Jurgensen wrote:
Those profound events that go on all around us as we rush through our ostensibly important daily schedules.

As my flight from Austin to DFW was pulling in to Gate A11, I noticed a plane at the next gate over... a casket was being unloaded from it. The casket was coming down the loading ramp, out of the belly of the plane. It had an American flag draped on it.

At the bottom of the loading ramp was a special baggage cart; each side of the cart was a large American flag. On one side of the ramp was a soldier in dress uniform; the escort that is accompanying the casket to its home.

As the casket came down the ramp, all of the ground personnel working on the plane stopped and stood at attention. There were two security police cars flanking the ramp, each with lights flashing. The security officers stood at attention as the casket came down the ramp and was loaded into the baggage cart. They then led and followed the baggage cart as it made its way to the terminal.

As I watched, I remembered a cold January day in 1952 when my brother Doran's body was brought home from Korea to Sayre, OK. He was killed in August, but his body was interred in Korea until there was available space to ship it home. His casket arrived on a train. There was a Captain (I only remember his name as "Allen") who had accompanied the body from San Francisco. There was an honor guard from the ROTC detachment at Oklahoma A&M where Doran had graduated just a year before.

Today, here in Dallas, it seemed that the airline and the airport tried to lend some honor and dignity to a fallen soldier. Perhaps it is not always the case. But, it was today, at least for a part of his journey.



  1. Wonderful share. Tell your friend as well please.

  2. Thanks for the reminder that patriotism, love of our country, respect for our true heroes still exist. Nice post, Mike.