Tuesday, October 9, 2007
I wasn't prepared to go. I had other things on my mind. Then, the managing editor came into the room. "Can you go cover the troops return from Guam? We're swamped with this political section."
The request threw a monkey wrench into my plans for the morning, but I agreed and went without any sort of fuss.
With my trusty camera in hand, I headed out to Barksdale. I was anxiously awaiting the plane, so I could get my shots and leave. Others were anxiously awaiting for another reason - their loved ones were on board.
Troop rotation has almost become commonplace during the past few years. What once was a big deal, warranting live coverage, now is lucky to get a mention before the weather report.
When I saw the reunited families, I realized how important that moment was to them. For some, that moment will never arrive. War does that. It rips families apart. While some are reunited, those who have paid the ultimate price are not.
Today made me appreciate those who made it back. And it also makes me want to pray for those who are still deployed. I pray for many more happy reunions.
May the Blog Be With You.
Posted by David A. Specht Jr.