This past Saturday evening, December 15th, 2012, I got an opportunity to do something I have always wanted to do. I got to congratulate a soldier in uniform at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, NC.
My mission team was scrambling to get from the last Immigration and Custom stations to our next departure gate when we came upon a young solider heading home for the holidays. I had taken approximately a thousand pictures in Belize, but had my camera stowed for the hazardous travel through a very crowded terminal.
I wish I could recall the last name of the soldier or his flight destination, but if he reads this he will remember our brief encounter. I thanked him for doing what he does and explained what we were doing. He tried to deflect the appreciation by thanking me, and I continued by saying it was because of his efforts we could do what we were.
I thank God for the willingness of men and women like this who sacrifice time with their loved ones, jobs and sometimes their lives to allow us the freedoms we have. It was my honor to show him appreciation, however brief it may have been.