HIL­LARY WRIGHT, A MOTHER OF THREE BOYS AND A BOS­TON­BASED NU­TRI­TION­IST AT

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on the in­ter­com to in­form us all that we were get­ting de­layed. The en­tire plane let out a col­lec­tive groan. She re­sumed speak­ing af­ter the groan­ing had died down. “We are hold­ing the air­craft for some very spe­cial peo­ple who are on their way to the plane and the de­lay should not be more than five min­utes. Why this spe­cial favour? I thought. I was ex­pect­ing some celebrity or sports fig­ure to be the rea­son for the hold- up. The at­ten­dant came back on the speaker to an­nounce in a loud ex­cited voice that we were joined by sev­eral U.S. Marines re­turn­ing home from Iraq!

Just as they walked on board, all the pas­sen­gers in the plane erupted into ap­plause. The marines were taken by sur­prise by the 340 peo­ple cheer­ing for them as they searched for their seats. An Amer­i­can who was seated next to me said, “These men have done im­mense sac­ri­fice for us and I have been com­plain­ing silently about ‘me’ and my is­sues and took for granted the free­dom I en­joy ev­ery day, which I got at the cost of the sac­ri­fice of these great men. I re­ally feel ashamed of my mum­bling and grum­bling over the de­lay in the flight’s take off.”

I also felt bad about my im­pa­tience a few min­utes ago. This gentleman took the ini­tia­tive and sug­gested to the flight at­ten­dant to make an an­nounce­ment re­quest­ing ev­ery­one to re­main seated un­til our he­roes were al­lowed to gather their things and step off first from the plane, as soon as it landed in Tampa. The cheers and ap­plause con­tin­ued un­til the last marine stepped off. What an in­spir­ing ex­am­ple of peo­ple’s sa­lute to the real he­roes of a na­tion! I bow to our great ‘fauji bhais’ who work re­lent­lessly around the clock, fac­ing sev­eral hard­ships, to pro­tect their brethren. – Sudha Chan­drasekaran,

Coimbatore.

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