A Soldier's Homecoming in the 21st Century

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It's been a long time since America embraced our homecoming soldiers as we did with the kind of warm Norman Rockwell-ish pride as we did back in the days of ticker tape parades and, of course, the Times Square kiss "heard" 'round the world.

 

It's been a long time since America embraced our homecoming soldiers as we did after World War II. Having lived through a time when our returning Viet Nam soldiers were largely met with disdain and fear, it's seems we may have delightfully come full circle.  Yet again, forty plus years later, our returning young men and women are greeted with the kind of warm Norman Rockwell-ish pride as we did back when that famous Time's Square kiss was "heard" 'round the world. 

Unlike a ticker tape parade, we seem to be experiencing a level of intimacy and personal involvement in each and every single homecoming --  now thanks to our new world of smart cell phones with their built-in video cameras in so many hands. There's always a new scene on Youtube of a returning soldier shocking his/her little girl or little boy when they last expect it. I like to think of myself as one of those stereo-typical blue-collar man's men. Then again,  with each and every one of those surprise homecoming scenes comes a stream of tears rolling down my face that I'm simply fine for the world to see. A heart filled with joy for others is lucky thing to have.

Thanks to social media the world is celebrating our soldiers' homecomings as intimately as one could have ever imagined. All of us now experience one family's loving experience. All of us now feel the beauty of family, and the sacrifice our soldiers make to protect them and us as well.

 God bless America. And God bless our soldiers and their families.

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