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Sack Lunches

I placed my luggage and sat on my assigned seat. It was going to be a long flight.  I was glad I had a book.  Just before take-off a line of soldiers came in and filled the vacant seats.  I started a conversation. 'Where you headed?' I asked a soldier. “To Petawawa for a 2Wk training then we’re off to Afghanistan. “
After an hour flight an announcement was made “Sack Lunches sold for $5.00”
I decided to buy one.  I overheard a soldier ask his buddy, “Are you buying one? “No, seems like a lot of money for a sack lunch. I'll wait till I get to base.” I looked around, no other soldier was buying.  I handed the attendant $50.  'Take lunch to all them soldiers please.” Through wet eyes she said, “My son was a soldier in Iraq, it's as if you’re doing this for him” she served the soldiers their lunch then came to my seat and asked, “Do you prefer beef or chicken?' 'Chicken,' I said.   She returns with a dinner plate from 1st class. “This is your thanks.”

After we finish eating a man comes up to me, “I saw what you did, I want to be part
Of it.” hands me a $25 bill. I see the Flight Captain walking down the aisle towards me.  I 
Take off my seat belt and shake his hand.  In a proud voice he says 'I was a soldier and a military pilot. Once, someone bought me a lunch. It was an act of kindness I ever forgot.' Applause was heard from all of the passengers.  Later I walked to the front of the plane, and a man who was seated ahead of me placed another $25 dollars in my palm.  When we landed I gathered my belongings and started to deplane. A man stopped me, put something in my shirt pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a word. Another twenty-five dollars!

As I entered the terminal, I saw soldiers gathering for their trip to base.
I walked over to them handed them seventy-five dollars. 'It will take you some time to reach the base.  It will be about time for some lunch, God Bless You.'
Ten young men left that flight feeling the love and respect of their fellow travelers.
As I walked 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 citizens of United States & Canada.  For the amount of up to & including

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