Sunday, April 27, 2008

Jon is Back!

The Tulsa airport was alive with anticipation on Saturday morning. Around 200 family members, Marine veterans, and friends of the 23 members of the 323rd Platoon, Jump Company Marine Reserve Unit from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma were returning from Iraq.

The children played, the wives chatted excitedly, and everyone anxiously watched the clock and the hallway leading from the American Airlines gate.

Finally, the airport security gave the thumbs-up. The plane had arrived! The civilian passengers departed first, making their way through the crowded waiting area. I overheard one man declare, "Wow! This makes me wish I were a Marine!"

Erin, Kaden, and Will were eagerly waiting at the edge of the "Do Not Enter" line leading to the security check area. I was poised with a ready camera.

And then, we saw them. Warriors, dressed in their Marine fatigues, standing tall, their presence filling the hallway as they made their way to cheers, smiles and tears. Mighty men, with a willingness to serve our country being welcomed home by those who support them, pray for them and love them.









"Daddy, are you ready to go home?"

Remember those who have now gone to replace this unit.

18 comments:

Theresa said...

I am so happy for you all!! Thanks for the update. God Bless Jon for all he has done for our country.

Scott Williams said...

That's Great; I can only imagine how excited Erin and the boys are.

Jon thanks for serving our country Sir!

Kim Heinecke said...

Yippppeeeee! Had cold chills reading that.

Blessings on your day!

Michael said...

AWESOME!! I'm so happy for you all. Thank him for serving our country for me. God Bless!

Cindy Beall said...

Wow. I'm teary-eyed. There's nothing like seeing a group of men all dressed in their uniforms after serving so that I could sit here and type this comment.

Thanks, Jon.

Abbi said...

YAY! We love you Jon!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!

Bikerwife said...

This makes me cry. I am so glad he is home safe! Thank you Jon and all our troops for doing what you do. So glad you are back!

Bikerwife said...

Hey I am going to copy your blog and send it in an email? Is that okay? It is such a sweet story and the pics are awesome! I want to remind everyone of the troops/and their families sacrifice for our freedom.!

Robin Meadows said...

Thanks for all the great comments! I'll pass them along to Jon.

Jennifer--YES! Please do!

We had a great family cook-out night last evening--it was such a great feeling having Jon with us all.

Roger Garrett said...

That is awesome. I haven't even talk to Shelly yet but if they want some new pictures of the family Shelly would be honored to take them I just know it. So you let us know if they want some done.

Sheri said...

YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't imagine the emotions!!
Just AWESOME! Thank you for Jon, his troop, your family, Erin and the boys for their sacrifice for serving our country and fighting for freedom in the world!

I am copying your blog too!
Love,
sheri

Natalie Witcher said...

So great! I'm so thankful for them!

deleise said...

Those pictures made me cry. I'm so happy for your blessed weekend!

Nicole Knox said...

Jon and Erin where at the gym today they look great!! I am so happy for them.

shanna said...

This made me cry!

princessjes said...

That's so sweet! So glad they're back!

Amy said...

Cried like a newborn baby reading this, I did. And then I started to sing, "Hallelujah! Praise Jehovah! For His Name alone is High!"

Donna said...

No words just....tears! I am so happy for Erin, the boys, and Jon!