The Sack Lunch

soldiers at airport

The Sack Lunch

A man’s story about what he did for a group of soldiers on his flight has gone viral…

After a man sat down on his flight, a group of about 10 soldiers walked on and filled up the seats around him. He struck up a conversation with a few soldiers.

“Where are you headed?” he asked.

One soldier replied, “Petawawa. We’ll be there for two weeks for special training, and then we’re being deployed to Afghanistan.”

Later on in the flight, a flight attendant made an announcement saying that sack lunches were available for $5 each. The man overheard two soldiers discussing whether or not they were going to buy lunch.

“No, that seems like a lot for just a sack lunch,” one soldier said. “Probably wouldn’t be worth five bucks. I’ll wait till we get to base.”

The man looked around and noticed that none of the soldiers were ordering lunch. He got up out of his seat, walked to the back of the plane, and handed a flight attendant $50, saying “Take a lunch to all those soldiers.”

The flight attendant was blown away and gave the man a big hug. She said, “My son was a soldier in Iraq. It’s almost like you are doing it for him.”

The flight attendant walked up with the lunches to pass them out to the soldiers, but first stopped at the man’s seat and asked if he preferred chicken or beef. He said chicken, but didn’t know why she asked.

After delivering the soldiers their lunches, the returned with a meal from first class for the generous man, telling him, “This is your thanks.”

When the man finished eating, he walked to the rest room and a man stopped him in the aisle.

“I saw what you did,” he said. “I want to be a part of it.” He handed him $25.

Shortly after returning to his seat, the man says that the plane’s captain was walking down the aisle toward him.

“I hoped he was not looking for me, but noticed he was looking at the numbers only on my side of the plane,” he wrote in a post on the Love What Matters Facebook page. “When he got to my row he stopped, smiled, held out his hand and said, ‘I want to shake your hand.’ Quickly unfastening my seat belt I stood and took the Captain’s hand.”

The man says the captain told him that he is a veteran and served as a military pilot. He said, “Once, someone bought me a lunch. It was an act of kindness I never forgot.”

Then, to the man’s surprise, the entire plane began applauding for him.

Later on, the man walked down the aisle again and a man behind him reached out for a handshake, but slipped $25 into his hands. Another passenger also slipped $25 into his shirt pocket after the plane landed.

After leaving the plane, the man saw the soldiers gathered in the terminal, so he walked up to them with the $75 given to him by the other passengers. He handed the cash to one of them and said,”It will take you some time to reach the base. It will be about time for a sandwich. God Bless You.”

The man prayed for the soldiers as he left the airport. He felt good about what he did, but only wished that he was able to do more.

He concluded his story, saying,”A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to ‘The United States of America ‘ for an amount of ‘up to and including my life.’ That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.'”

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