Wounded warriors welcomed home
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It was early on Friday morning and I didn’t feel like dragging myself out of bed, but I did. My husband and I headed down to the cell phone lot at Bush Intercontinental and waited. The Patriot Guard Riders were already there. Flags were flying and patriotic balloons were tied to the fences. We boarded buses and headed to Terminal C with our flags in hand. We were there to greet 70 Wounded Warriors (heroes wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan). These heroes were heading to Port O’Conner to do some fishing. While we waited in the baggage claim area with our flags and a “Support Our Troops” sign, a young man in his military uniform walked through the door. He was obviously there to board an outbound aircraft. Suddenly a thunderous applause broke out. The young soldier stopped and looked around to see who we were clapping for, then he realized it was for him. The look on his face was priceless. Some of the Patriot Guard Riders near him thanked him for his service. He will never forget that day at Bush Airport. Before any passengers were allowed to exit the plane, a Houston police officer entered and announced that the Wounded Warriors were on board and where they were going. Every person on those planes began to applaud and then they remained seated to let the soldiers exit first. How often have you seen anyone let another exit first? It happened on these flights and no one had to ask. The Wounded Warriors began arriving. Some had lost limbs and others were recovering from wounds. We greeted them, helped them with their luggage and put them on buses; then we all returned to the cell phone lot. By now the lot was full of Patriot Guard Riders, law enforcement officers, retired Houston policemen and other well wishers. We sang, “God Bless America” as they disembarked from the buses. After hugs and thank-yous, they boarded the buses again and were off to Port O’Conner for some well deserved R & R. About 200 people were on hand for this welcoming. Some of the local residents in attendance were Glen and Alice Rekeweg, Larry Lane, Mike Fuhre, Mike Misitigh, Bob Arnold, Roger Crane, David Cunningham and Kristy Wolff, all from Kingwood, and Nelson Zoch from Huffman. – Alice Rekeweg Photo: From left are Kingwood residents Mike Fuhre, Roger Crane, Bob Arnold, Kristy Wolff, Mike Misitigh, Glen Rekeweg, Larry Lane and David Cunningham. In center is Alice Rekeweg.