On Saturday, patrons of the Nashville airport showed the NFL how it’s done.
While actors and athletes invest themselves into divisive politics and activists devise new ways in which to protest the virtues of America, some want to show gratitude for the national home with which they’ve been blessed and those who sacrificed their lives for the freedoms it bestows.
During the hustle and bustle of travel over the weekend, as hundreds waited for vessels taking them to distant places, an announcement was made over the intercom at the Nashville International Airport that children of fallen service members were boarding their plane, embarking on an all-expenses-paid trip to Disney World.
In a stunning moment, “The Star-Spangled Banner” was performed, and everyone stopped to honor the travelers and their parents. People put their hands over their hearts; soldiers saluted.
Jen Tringale posted a video and description of the scene to Facebook:
At the Nashville airport I walked out into the concourse to this scene @americanairlines was flying a plane full of children who had lost a parent in combat to Disneyworld on an all expenses paid trip and they threw a party for them at the gate.
But when they announced them over the loud speaker and they lined up to board the plane the whole airport literally stopped and sang the national anthem with military present in salute. Most every person standing around, myself included was bawling at the sight of these kids and spouses who have paid so great a price for our country. To see all of this at Christmas time was so humbling. Seeing the general public in an airport stand still to honor these kids was simply beautiful.
Watch the touching scene below. Many on the Left say that protest is the greatest form of patriotism; but in fact, the greatest form of patriotism is patriotism itself. And to love one’s country is to revere those who made its existence possible.
Thank you to those who serve. And to Jen Tringale, for allowing the rest of us to experience an extraordinary occurrence at an ordinary place — showing humble thanks to ordinary people who made extraordinary sacrifices. For you. For me. In the greatest country in the world. We honor those who knelt for their flag and never got up. Standing for them is something the world could use much more of.
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