The Power of a Holiday Greeting

You might have noticed the holiday greetings from members of the military we're sharing in our newscasts. We receive these every year and, every year, we assign them to run on a particular day at a particular time so that we can contact the families and let them know when they will be able to see their loved one. This is the first year that task has fallen to me. At first, I'll admit, I thought it was another thing thrown in an already busy schedule. But the reactions have been so moving, I have to share them with you. Of course, there are a lot of thanks yous. I've also heard several squeals of delight. This week, a woman told me the news was making her cry in the middle of WalMart. Then there was the wife with the noise of her kids in the background who immediately told them she had a big surprise for them at 6 pm the next day. And another wife had to ask, "You mean I'll actually see his face?" All of this from what amounts to about a ten second glimpse and a brief "hello" and "merry Christmas." To most of us, it seems such a small thing over which to get so excited. But to these families, it means someone close to their heart is keeping them close, too, thousands of miles away. It makes me appreciate my own family a little more - and it makes me appreciate the sacrifices of our military men and women and their families a little more, too. I now look forward to making those calls because I can't wait to hear what the next reaction will be. If you'd like to see the greetings, click the green "Military Greetings" title midway down the left-hand column of the home page and appreciate having your family close - or at least not so far away.


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