Remember that Super Bowl ad by Anheuser-Busch which showed soldiers walking through an airport and being given a standing ovation? I liked the sentiment and patriotism it had, but I was rather incredulous that anything like that ever happened. I had never heard nor seen it happen. But apparently it does, and it has happened quite a bit. The Best of the Web has been compiling reader’s stories about just such events and contrasting it with how soldiers were treated when returning from Vietnam. You can read these stories here (first item) and here (scroll down about 2/3). Here’s a sampling:
I travel for business. In the past two weeks I have witnessed American Airlines giving empty first-class seats to soldiers and an entire terminal (in Denver) giving a plane full of disembarking soldiers a standing ovation on a busy Friday night. I pity those both here and abroad who don’t understand that this public, spontaneous, unrehearsed and heartfelt honoring of our men and women in uniform is a privilege enjoyed only by the proponents of a just cause.