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Marines returning from Afghanistan get hurri ed, impromptu welcome at Chicago’s O’Hare air port
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Thu, 7 Nov 2013 08:08:01 +0000 (UTC)
[This is the USO I can usually be found at when not working away on InfoSec
News, Great to see a neat news story about the center! - WK]
By Associated Press
November 6, 2013
CHICAGO -- It didn’t matter that the 13 Marines on their way home from
Afghanistan had been fighting in a war that no longer dominates the news
or that they were stopping only for a short time in Chicago before flying
to San Diego.
When USO volunteer John Colas heard with just an hour’s notice that the
Marines’ plane was bearing down on Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport,
he and others scrambled to make sure they got a hero's welcome.
"We want these kids coming home to realize that they haven't been
forgotten," said Colas, a 74-year-old former Marine.
The reception started with a water salute in which their plane taxied
underneath an arch of water from fire truck hoses.
The Marines, who had spent the better part of five days getting on and off
planes to get home from the other side of the world, were then met by a
small crowd of cheering USO volunteers, firefighters, police officers and
airport workers as they walked into the terminal.
A short time later, boarding another jet for San Diego, the Marines
learned that American Airlines -- which has a policy to upgrade servicemen
and women in uniform whenever possible -- had six empty seats in first
class for the group.
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