Welcoming Home Our Soldiers At The Bangor Maine Airport--Greeting The Heros

How Do You Thank A Hero

Yesterday I had the honor and the privilege to greet and welcome home a contingent of American soldiers returning from Iraq.They were members of the 101st Airborne Division based in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. I felt privileged, and humbled, to be given the opportunity, to personally thank and shake the hands of more than one hundred and fifty soldiers that had just landed at the Bangor, Maine airport after a very long overseas flight from Baghdad . Meeting the soldiers, at the airport, were the Bangor Greeters club. This club was formed in May 2003 and have met over 4000 flights of returning soldiers. Their mission statement promises that all returning flights of US military personnel, landing in Bangor, will be welcomed home by members of the group regardless of circumstances, weather or time. Someone would always be there, at the airport, to greet and thank the troops.Greeting the troops this way began in Bangor during the first gulf war in 1991 and continues to this day. They are a wonderful organization made up of veterans, concerned citizens and ordinary folk who understand how much all of us owes our soldiers.

While I am not a member of this group I was present on the upper level of the Bangor Airport when the soldiers began filing into the terminal and a rousing cheer and applause broke out upon their entrance. The soldiers entered the terminal, moving in single file, by way of a long hallway. Waiting, in anticipation, along both sides of this hallway were two lines of greeters. Without any hesitation or even thinking about it I found myself at the end of one of the lines and began shaking hands with each soldier and thanking them for their service. It was an incredible moving moment for me. I had seen these ,homecoming greetings, on the local news before but the experience itself is so moving and rewarding that a tv report cannot portray, the emotion of, what is happening. if you ever get the opportunity to do this please stand in line and do it. You will be glad you did.

Very quickly I realized my wife and her aunt had joined me at the end of the line and were also shaking hands and welcoming the soldiers home . As I looked towards the end of the line where my wife and her aunt were the scene was surreal. You knew that you were witnessing one of those special moment that occur in your life. One that would become etched into your psyche and you would never forget. At the very end of the line was my wife's aunt. This 4'10" ninety-three year old great- grandmother, the same woman who has trouble walking or standing for any length of time, was shaking hands with each and every soldier who came down the line.A couple of soldiers stopped and bent down to hug her . It was a moving and special moment. With tears on her cheeks she stood shaking hands and greeting all of them, It was not until she had shaken hands and welcomed home the very last soldier in the line that she would agree to be helped back to her seat to sit down and rest.

After we had returned to our seats in the waiting area my wife, her aunt, and I shared with each other our feelings about what we had experienced..We all knew something very special had just happened. We were all very grateful to be allowed to take part in this important ritual. We all agreed that the soldiers were so young looking. We also agreed on how amazing modern day warfare really is. It was startling to realize that less that 24 hours before we shook their hands these soldiers had been in Iraq. and less than a few days before that they had been on patrol in a war zone defending themselves, the Iraqis and all of us as well. It is a humbling thought to realize that these men and women volunteered to put themselves in harm's way for all of us. How do you repay someone for that kind of service to their fellow citizens. I really don't have an answer to that.

Throughout the generations young men and women have sacrificed themselves for freedom and their country. For most of us our knowledge about war comes from books, tv and movies. We learn the history and the facts but we can never know what really happens at the personal level, during war, to these men and women who serve. Only those that serve have the knowledge of what war is truly like and what serving in a war zone entails and maybe that's the only way it can be.

If we ,as a society, find ourselves under attack or an international threat looms on our horizon it will be these dedicated men and women of the military that we will send to defend us. While we may disagree, amongst ourselves, on the political reasons or who is or isn't telling the truth these soldiers will not hesitate in their service to their country. They will go forward into harms way to fight and yes even, sometimes, to die for their country....for us. We do them such a dishonor when we forget about them and their sacrifice while we argue and bicker amongst ourselves.

How do you thank a Hero? I started with that question and I must confess I still do not have an adequate answer. I don't know how you thank a hero. I will continue the search because I believe the answer is important. The men and women of our military deserve no less. In closing let me offer this advice. If you see a soldier at the airport, train station, bus depot or on the street corner stop and shake their hand and thank them for their service. You will be rewarded with a bright wide smile, a firm handshake and a warm feeling that will stay with you for a very long time.


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stephanie mclain 7 years ago from Texas

Please excuse me while I get a tissue. :)

As a military wife, I love reading stories like this. So often, soldiers get the brunt end of the stick for going to war for our country. This is mainly from people that object to the war and blame the soldiers. :( I think it is very important that we remember to thank our soldiers, past and present. Without them our Nation would be lost.

I remember the first time I went to a welcome home ceremony here on Fort Campbell. I wasn't expecting my husband home for 3 weeks when his company called me to let me know he was already in route. Hundreds of soldiers walked into that hangar. I had no idea which soldier was my husband, because they were all wearing their uniforms, but I knew he was there and that was one of the best days of my life. I had never been so full of pride or love. When I finally found him in the midst of all the other camouflage he was planning on surprising me. They had told him only a couple of hours before he left, that he was leaving. He was the one that was surprised. :)

The best way to honor a soldier is to do what you and your family did that day. Shake their hand, welcome them home, and thank them for their service. All soldiers want to know what they are doing matters.

Thank you for sharing this story with us. Welcome to HubPages! :)

(Sorry about writing a book here. lol)


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point2make 7 years ago Author

Thanks for the kind comments Stephanie.

I can only imagine how emotional your husband's homecoming must have been for you. I still see those young faces marching into the terminal in Bangor and it is still an emotional moment for me.

We owe so much to our men and women in uniform. It is not the Politicians,the Press, the Peace Activists,or the many Special Interest groups who give us our freedoms..... it is the soldiers and if we as a nation are not grateful and humbled by their sacrifice we should be ashamed of ourselves.


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Greg From NY 7 years ago from New York

I stumbled across this hub. I was in the army and served in Iraq, and on our way back we actually stopped at the bangor airport. And we greeted as well. We did't even epect this, it was a pleasent suprise. They even had a guy who takes pictures and posts them up on their website. Suprising. Even if the bangor airport is the size of a large walk-in closet lol.


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point2make 7 years ago Author

Thanks for the comment Greg.

Bangor is quickly gaining a reputation because of what they are doing for the returning troops. The Bangor Greeters are fine folks and deserve the praises they are receiving.Imagine they have met over 4000 flights and counting. As for the Bangor airport being "small". It has actually doubled in size over the years. You have to admit though.......it is cozy.


Beth Morrow 7 years ago

I think you thank a soldier by standing up for the country they give up so much for-you work hard, you help your neighbor you stand up for justice-you vote and you teach the next generation to do the same. It is impossible to repay them but it is our responsibility to honor them by how we live. I am a first grade teacher and my students would like to make welcome home cards for returning soldiers. How can I get them to you?


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point2make 7 years ago Author

Thank-you Beth for your comments. I think you have put it quite correctly. We do have a responsibility to honor our soldiers for their service and sacrifice. I appreciate your thoughts and I commend you on teaching and encouraging your students to take an active part in honoring our men and women who serve. It is people like you who also deserve our thanks. It is you and your colleagues who teach our children so they will come to understand the price that was paid to secure their freedom and future. Thank-you Beth. Your service ,while different from a soldiers, is no less important.

Your students may send their cards to the following address

Maine Troop Greeters

Bangor International Airport

287 Godfrey Blvd. Box 6

Bangor, Me 04401


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RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

One way to thank a hero is to call him or her a hero. Thank you. I haven't seen the sign language "Thank you" video for the troops in a while. You might like to link it to your site.


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point2make 7 years ago Author

thanks for the comment RT I appreciate your insight. I haven't seen that video where could I go to get the link?


Len Williams 6 years ago

As a Viet Nam Vet and Father of a Son serving in Iraq with the 1st Cav I thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you do to show these heroes that common American folks do care about them. If my Son's return flight in April or May comes thru Bangor, my wife and I plan to be there with you.


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point2make 6 years ago Author

I appreciate your comments Len. I have been contacted by many soldiers and veterans with comments on my hub. I am deeply honoured and humbled that my hub has received such a positive response from those who serve. We all owe you and your son a debt we can never fully repay. His service, and yours, are a testament to the honor and pride you both pocess. If you do get the opportunity to travel to Bangor for your son's return flight I think you may be surprised at the number of Vietnam Vets who are members of the Bangor Greeters. They will be easy to spot. They are getting a little older now. The hair is a little grayer as well but they are always front and center shaking hands. It is very emotional, for me, to see the young soldiers being greeted by the Vets. The young men and women coming off those planes have a smile and a handshake for all but you can see the special respect and pride they all feel for the Vets. Len if you can make it to Bangor to see your son's flight drop me a line and let me know. It would be a priviledge to be there to shake your hand and say "thank-you soldier...thank-you"


Vicki Bryant 6 years ago

My son is sitting in the Bangor Maine airport as I type this. As he and his fellow soldiers got off the plane, he said they were greeted by veterans and it was such a warm and welcoming feeling. This does more for these soldiers than you could possible imagine. I would love to thank each and everyone of these special special people. They make sure nothing like what happened to the troops returning from Vietnam ever happens again. There is a special place in Heaven for each and every one of you! Thank you for making my son feel special and welcomed home.


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point2make 6 years ago Author

Thank-you Vicki for your kind words. I do appreciate them. I am glad your son returned home safely. I pray all our troops return to their families soon. I am also pleased that he got a chance to experience the welcome home at the Bangor Airport. It is such a unique thing that I am sure he will remember it for a long time. The "Greeters" are very special people and they deserve our thanks and praise. Every soldier returning home through the Bangor Airport will be welcomed and thanked no matter the time of day or the weather conditions. The Bangor Greeters are a treasure.

If anyone ever gets the opportunity to stand in the greeting line welcoming home the returning troops you will experience something very special. Vicki this is not some kind of ritual or repetitive duty these "greeter's" feel obligated to do. This is very real, very emotional and simply amazing. There are tears, hugs, handshakes, hi five's, and sometimes just a look, a nod or a smile that lets our soldiers know..they are finally home where they belong and where they are appreciated and loved. It is a very moving and emotional experience. I have been priviledged to take part in this "welcome home" and I will forever be thankful and humbled by the experience.

I never got the opportunity to welcome your son home, in Bangor, and I would appreciate it if you could pass on a message for me......Thank-you soldier and welcome home!


Sgt Dan 6 years ago

We have adopted a Marine since 2009 that we hope will be coming Home through Bangor in just a week or two. We found the troop greeters and have made contact with them. They are keeping an eye out for his flight info. We are 6 hours south of Bangor and are at the ready to be there 24/7 when he comes home. In the meantime, We also found tha the Troop Greeters can alwys use bulk candy and my favorite- the original animal crackers to hand out My wife and I are both Vets and my sons are active duty (army/navy). Thanks for this hub! It keeps our spirt alive.


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point2make 6 years ago Author

Thanks for the comments Sgt. Dan I appreciate them very much.

You are in for a truly moving and emotional experience. I have welcomed home many soldiers but to be there to welcome home my own son or daughter would be the ultimate. Please convey my personal greeting to your,adopted, Marine when he arrives home. Sgt Dan you, your wife, and your sons have done this country proud and I wish to say to all of you "Thank-you soldier....well done and welcome home!". You should all be very proud Sgt Dan. You and your family have earned the respect of a nation.....well done!


Sgt Dan 6 years ago

This weekend, we trucked up to Maine and with the help of the Troopgreeters finally got to put a face, a handshake and a hug to a wonderful Marine that we adopted nearly 14 months ago. The smile on his face when he saw us standing in that greeting line at 4:30 am is etched in my mind. Anne, Bill, Jerry were all there and it was a success- albeit with a tad bit of drama from the TSA and BGA Airport officials over a silly thing called smoke in baggage claim. They almost didn't let the Marines off. But all ends well- over 1,000 plus Marines, Army personnel and submariners came home that early morning greeted one and all by this ol Marine DI. What a wonderful thing and I hope to come up and do it again ! as long as our men and women ship to and fro from Bangor

Thank You Cathy for keeping me connected.


point2make 6 years ago

It will be an experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life Sgt Dan. I am glad you got the opportunity to greet the troops! What a great way to "thank" a soldier.


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prektjr.dc 5 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

It has been hard to read this through the tears...Thank you for being there and letting these young men and women know that we all care. That is how you thank a hero. My son is overseas tonight while I am here reading this. I miss him, his bride misses him (married 3 weeks before deployment), his sister, brother and grandparents miss his. His nieces and nephews miss him. He is there because it "is the right thing for me to do Mom." Our hearts ache to touch him again. Knowing that there are people who will take the time to touch him and let him know that being away from us was appreciated makes it better. I know they were touched by your presence as well...they will not forget either. How do you thank a hero? A pat on the back, a handshake and a hug. For them and their families at home waiting for them. Sgt Dan, Thank you for your service Sir, and for giving those men the ability to come home safe with top notch training. Semper Fi from a Marine Mom! God Bless!


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point2make 5 years ago Author

prektjr.dc I am touched and grateful for your comments.

I am so pleased that my hub was, in some small way, a help to you. Your son is a Marine who is fighting for our freedom and to us he is a hero but to you and your family he is your son and I can understand how much you must miss and worry about him.

If I could, somehow, make your separation shorter or ease your worries I would. I will pray for your son and your family. I will pray that you are all reunited very soon and hopefully your Marine will never, again, have to deploy to another part of this angry world.

There is something else I will also do. If I know when his unit is headed home I will be at the Bangor Airport to greet him, thank him, shake his hand and let him know his family can't wait to see him.

Thank-you again for your kind words and please know that your son, and his family, are being prayed for everyday


Aaron Mitschke 4 years ago

Hi,

I was very impressed with all the fellow Veterans and civilians that took time to be there at the Airport... People that think that doesn't mean anything to us have no clue... Thank you to all that were there after I lost a few buddies, it helped in the healing process... I'm from the area of Bangor, Washington State, so that alone is a cool reason to visit again... Take care, and my best wishes to you and yours


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point2make 4 years ago Author

Thank you Aaron for your comments. I appreciate your service and your sacrifice. Our country owes you and your "brothers" a great debt of gratitude. It is a humbling and incredibly emotional experience to greet and shake the hand of a returning soldier. I am glad to hear that it meant so much to you and your buddies. It is a privilege and an honor to be able to take part in these greetings. Welcome home my friend...well done!


Aaron Mitschke 4 years ago

Thank you, point... I'm an amateur songwriter with 120 or so under my belt, some being looked at Country artists... I hope to write a book or get them published when my health improves... I started one called "Bangor Maine", and will finish it soon and post it... STAY TUNED, and as always, my best to you and yours... I haven't even read anything on this site, too busy, but I'll get that mission done... What I will say is latin, what this Country NEEDS NOW.... MUTATIO ANIMI

Bring my Brothers and Sisters HOME


Aaron Mitschke 4 years ago

Hi all...

This song is about my experience coming home, landing in Bangor... You Volunteers are Appreciated

"Bangor Maine"

Landing in Bangor, Maine, I didn't expect what would happen

Chorus:

Bangor Maine... Getting back after losing a few brothers, truthfully all I wanted was a 12 pack of brew to try to kill the pain... I had no idea that we would be welcomed like Rock Stars, Veterans and Civilians on both sides of the aisle...

Walking down the aisle getting handshakes like we were singing on a guitar in a stadium, and you were in the crowd

Chorus:

Bangor Maine... Getting back after losing a few brothers, truthfully all I wanted was a 12 pack of brew to try to kill the pain... I had no idea that we would be welcomed like Rock Stars, Veterans and Civilians on both sides of the aisle...

You took the time to show us pictures and give us a chance to eat or drink what we like... It was in the middle of the night, and you were there for us... How did that happen??? It's called the Red, White and Blue... You always support your Brothers and Sisters from past or current Wars... That's the EASY Mission....

Chorus:

Bangor Maine... Getting back after losing a few brothers, truthfully all I wanted was a 12 pack of brew to try to kill the pain... I had no idea that we would be welcomed like Rock Stars, Veterans and Civilians on both sides of the aisle...

As a former Firefighter and Soldier, I never left a Man or Woman behind, Bangor Maine is an example why... I wish I had a longer visit so I could enjoy the legendary Clam Chowder... Seattle is great for that, but I have yet to try the best

To end this song is simple for me... 2 words

THANK YOU

Aaron


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point2make 4 years ago Author

I would like to hear "Bangor Maine"....when you finish it and it gets recorded by some big time singer. Keep them coming Aaron...you never know!!


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point2make 4 years ago Author

I love it Aaron! You captured what really happens when we meet and greet a returning plane load of soldiers. Excellent my friend well done again!!


Aaron Mitschke 4 years ago

Hi Point...

I will have to try to contact Country singer Keni Thomas, Army Ranger and Veteran of Blackhawk Down.... He has helped me a lot with writing... Give me a PM or some way to contact you, I'll send you more songs than you can digest!!!

mitschkenator@gmail.com


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point2make 4 years ago Author

Aaron you should join hubpages and publish your songs here. There are many thousands of music fans, here on hubpages, who would appreciate and enjoy your work and with each song counting as one hub you have a great supply to start with. I think a new career on hubpages might just be in the works. Let me know if I can help in anyway.


Aaron Mitschke 4 years ago

Hi Point... I will consider that, but have to consult my Lawyer about copyrights... I don't think anyone here would steal my songs, but I have to watch my 6, if you understand... I could care less about any money, I just want my name in the credits... So when I figure that out, I'll post them all the time


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prektjr.dc 4 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

point2make,

My Marine is stateside! God is good and our long deployment is finally over! After 11 months, I wrapped my arms around him and cried like a baby! Tears of joy that our final deployment has ended safely! He will be finished with his active service in June and begin the long road back to civilian! Thank you for your encouragement! Semper Fi!

Aaron - your words are touching....continue a job well done!


Aaron Mitschke 4 years ago

Hi Pre...

Congrats on the reunion... If he needs VA disability help, it will probably take an email to your local Congressional office... Trust me on that, It was a year and a half before I contacted my Congressman, saying I would be a Veteran on the streets... Within a week I had my first check and my 70% rating... Make them work for you, they ARE our employees after all... Take care, and my best wishes to you and yours... My Father was a Marine, so I have always respected them


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point2make 4 years ago Author

That's excellent news pretkjr. I am so pleased for you. We owe your Marine so much. He has earned our respect,gratitude and our support. we also owe you a debt of gratitude pretkjr. Too many times the families of our soldiers are forgotten. They too have served our nation and I would like to say to you and your Marine....Thank-you very much for your service and your sacrifice. I wish both of you a smooth and happy transition into civilian life.


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point2make 4 years ago Author

Well said Aaron. You inspire me my friend. Thank-you for that.


Aaron Mitschke 4 years ago

You're welcome, Point... and for all, dealing with the VA issues is covered on a forum on Hadit... link below

Again, trust me... If you don't fight for your benefits, they wont know you exist... That site is how I found out about contacting Congress...

http://www.hadit.com/forums/index.php


Aaron Mitschke 4 years ago

Oh, another thing I forgot to mention... It took close to 3 years to get my stop loss pay... Again, Congress had to intervene... The last email I got from them before I contacted Congress was to tell me I was denied because I was Deceased... But they managed to email me to tell me I was Deceased... ???... Yeah, that's how bizarre it is


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prektjr.dc 4 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

Aaron, thanks for the info! We are blessed that he has returned completely safe and healthy! The email about being deceased is hilarious AND frightening!

Point, thank you for your appreciation...I am so glad it is behind us...I used to have brown hair...now, brown in a box hair! The nights of holding my breath until I knew he was safe are finally over...as Americans we are so blessed!


Aaron Mitschke 4 years ago

Hi Pre and all... Yeah, that stop loss letter is so dumb, I'm going to frame it...

A lot of Veterans that I served with have had Heart issues, some caused by stress, and I found the cure for it...

Pay it Forward... 1 tsp. of Cayenne powder in a glass of hot water will stop a Heart Attack in less than a minute... I know, I have seen me do it to myself... All the Doctors in the article are absolutely right... But using Cayenne in food whenever will also prevent it, and Burdock root will cleanse the arteries... I'm a student in Holistics, and can answer questions if you have them

http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/cayenne.htm


Aaron Mitschke 4 years ago

Might as well go all out... nothing to lose, people to help... Broccoli and Cauliflower destroy Breast Cancer...

Turmeric destroys Prostate Cancer...

Peace to all, have a good night

http://www.naturalnews.com/z025230_cancer_broccoli...


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prektjr.dc 4 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

AND...cayenne pepper powder will stop a cut from bleeding instantly, while cautherizing it, without infection or scarring!


Aaron Mitschke 4 years ago

Yes, Pre.... I cut my finger to the bone on a shard of glass that was stuck to a snapple bottle a few years ago...

This was after my Heart Attack, and I knew about Cayenne, so maybe it was Divine Intervention reminding me how powerful it is... I was bleeding all over the place, but used cayenne, bandaged it up... No pain for an hour or so because of adrenaline, took off the bandage and washed it out...

The second day... An open cut that wasn't bleeding

The third day... A white line where the cut was

The fourth day... You can't even figure out I was cut... You can't see a thing... Made me a believer


Aaron Mitschke 4 years ago

Dedicated to some Brothers of mine that didn't make it back and had kids....

Hey, I had to go

Looking at you in the Airport, hugging you and the kids, it was back to Iraq for me.... 3 tours, kind of getting sick of this departing and leaving your arms....

Chorus....

Hey, I had to go, remebering the family is obviously what I will be thinking... But thinking simple things, your pasta sauce is amazing... We can't get anything like that over here... Nothing close to what you can do, baby... They don't know the spice combination that we created, and I don't have the power to import you.... Nothing more would I like than Keen Wah with some sauce served on my plate

When I raised my hand to defend this land, I was only 17 and had no idea I would fall in love... It was just peacetime, doing training drills all the time, but I never expected I'd be gone for so long, my Kids and Wife having to talk to me on the interweb when I could... I have to focus on the missions, but I have your pictures in my DCU pocket, right next to my heart

Chorus....

Hey, I had to go, remebering the family is obviously what I will be thinking... But thinking simple things, your pasta sauce is amazing... We can't get anything like that over here... Nothing close to what you can do, baby... They don't know the spice combination that we created, and I don't have the power to import you.... Nothing more would I like than Keen Wah with some sauce served on my plate

There is A LOT you take for granted when you are back in the USA, and everything hits you full force when you get here... I could say it's cool, just to calm my loved ones down on the phone... I can't tell them about the young Girl or Soldier ripped apart by a Mortar or Rocket...

Chorus....

Hey, I had to go, remebering the family is obviously what I will be thinking... But thinking simple things, your pasta sauce is amazing... We can't get anything like that over here... Nothing close to what you can do, baby... They don't know the spice combination that we created, and I don't have the power to import you.... Nothing more would I like than Keen Wah with some sauce served on my plate

Ending this song is simple... I have loved you since I couldn't believe you let me take you to the homecoming dance after a tough fought battle on the Football field... Never would I think I would be still talking to you today...

Chorus....

Hey, I had to go, remebering the family is obviously what I will be thinking... But thinking simple things, your pasta sauce is amazing... We can't get anything like that over here... Nothing close to what you can do, baby... They don't know the spice combination that we created, and I don't have the power to import you.... Nothing more would I like than Keen Wah with some sauce served on my plate

I went away, to some place called Heaven, at least that's what they told me at the gate... I hope they are right, and I'll be watching down on you.... I love you and the kids, just remeber I will see you one day, and our email access is limited here... I gave it all for the USA, and it was a pleasure being in your life... I got less than 30 seconds before I have to report to St. Peter, so I'll just say

I LOVE YOU


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point2make 4 years ago Author

Very powerful and emotional Aaron....thank-you!


Aaron Mitschke 4 years ago

Yeah, I shouldn't write those songs, it tears me up, but it has to be done


Kim Sirois 4 years ago

I will be welcoming home along with family and friends our American Hero, Spc. Justin Power, on April 4th 2012 at the Bangor Airport.. Justin has served in the US Army for three years one of them in Afghanistan. We are so very proud of him and the many other men and women who have chosen to serve our country. God bless all of you!


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point2make 4 years ago Author

That is great news Kim. It will be a defining moment in all your lives....one you will always remember. Your American Hero is returning home to all of us and we are grateful to God that he has come back to his family and his country. If it is possible I will try to be there to shake his hand and welcome him home. It will be easy for me to tell which soldier Spc. Justin Power's is......I just have to watch for a soldier surrounded by his family and friends all of whom will be laughing and crying at the same time. He will be the one in the middle and I can't wait to tell him " Thank-you, well done, and welcome home". Kim I would ask that you relay that message from me to Justin in case I can't get to the airport that day. Kim I am so happy for you and your family April 4th is going to be a great day......enjoy yourself!


Aaron Mitschke 4 years ago

Excellent, Kim... My best wishes to a fellow Brother

SGT Mitschke


Aaron Mitschke 4 years ago

Hi Point and all, this is my rough draft of my proposal song... I've already locked her down, because I'm just that good HAHA... I'm Aaron, and I'll be here all week

Hope you like

"You have what it takes"

Chorus:

You have what it takes to be the best coolest most awesomest hottie princess in my life... Without you, I don't know how I would go on... There is a reason there is a box in my pocket and I'm down on one knee... You can figure that part out

I picture going to Phillies games or beaches, maybe some wind messing with your beautiful hair as you're smiling and I'm chasing you on the sand... No Cowboys games though, I love you, but that's just unacceptable

Chorus:

You have what it takes to be the best coolest most awesomest hottie princess in my life... Without you, I don't know how I would go on... There is a reason there is a box in my pocket and I'm down on one knee... You can figure that part out

Even if we are just golfing or bowling or playing table tennis on the Wii hooked up to our big TV, every moment spent with you would be another memory, another song in the making... I can write songs about my princess all day long, That's easy

Chorus:

You have what it takes to be the best coolest most awesomest hottie princess in my life... Without you, I don't know how I would go on... There is a reason there is a box in my pocket and I'm down on one knee... You can figure that part out

Baby Girl, if you were a Dinosaur, which you're not, you're much younger, You would be a Gorgeous-A-Saurus-Rex... Forget your Supermodel looks and the great support you have from your family and your son, Blackbelt Karate Kid D... Your personality helped me when I returned from the War, and dangit, I wish you lived in Washington, zip code 98383

Chorus:

You have what it takes to be the best coolest most awesomest hottie princess in my life... Without you, I don't know how I would go on... There is a reason there is a box in my pocket and I'm down on one knee... You can figure that part out

Even if we struggle at times and have to eat Broccoli or Cauliflower or live on Top Ramen or Bertolli and Sphagetti, I'll still stand by your side, I'll never leave my Bodacious Princess

There's a reason I'm writing these songs, a Princess is worth it, it's part of the plan... When I get done strumming this Gui-Tar, I hope I don't fumble the box, and I hope I remembered your ring size as a 9... Your skin is so beautiful, I just hope I can pop open this box and get it right for you

ANGEL-A FROM HEAVEN, I GOTTA ASK YOU SOMETHING.... SOMETHING I'M PROBABLY GOING TO STUTTER AND CRY THROUGH for the rest of my life.....

You gotta be able to Mow the lawn at least once a week... HAHA Just Playin

ANGEL-A, FROM HEAVEN, WHEN I SHOW THIS TO YOU AND OPEN THE BOX, WILL YOU SAY YES AND MARRY ME???


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point2make 4 years ago Author

Man you have to set up an account and share these songs with the whole community. Instead of saying "America's Got Talent" they will say "Aaron's Got Talent"!!!


Aaron Mitschke 4 years ago

You're AWESOME POINT!!!

Check this one out, dedicated to fellow Firefighters... Even though I was Forest Service instead of FDNY, we are all in the same Brotherhood, so to speak... and there was plenty of Girls on our crews also...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZFkZiwMLZ4


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point2make 4 years ago Author

Good one Aaron...We love our Firefighters.


Aaron Mitschke 4 years ago

I like this forum, but wish it looked like this, or V Bulletin

http://www.egriz.com/grizboard/viewforum.php?f=1

As far as Firefighters, I need to write for the 14 we lost on Storm King Mountain, 1994

Need to get busy on that

Check out more of Michael Israel when you get a chance... He's just unreal... I couldn't draw a truck if my life depended on it, so I am just amazed by his work


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point2make 4 years ago Author

Aaron this is not "the" forum....this is one of my hubs. When you join Hubpages you can enter the forum and there you will meet lots of hubbers exchanging information and ideas on hundreds of topics. You can even start your own "topic" like "Aaron's Music". I can even envision a blog for your thoughts as well. You have a lot to offer and a lot to say Aaron. You need to join Hubpages and I would be honored to be your first follower and fan. Trust me you will accumulate many followers here.


Aaron Mitschke 4 years ago

Ok, Point, I'll consider that... My new one, hope you like

A Photograph

I'm a Soldier or an Air Force Captain flying the skies that are Blue, A Marine in the trenches, or a Navy man doing whatever I do... I know, having lived in a Navy town for most of my life what I do, but only served with the Elite.... Those Submarines, I just don't get it... I'm as claustophobic as can be... I can't be locked under the Sea for God only knows how long... I do have a photo though, something from home

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A Photograph could be anything you keep next to your heart... Family, Friends or my Wife, my 6 year old daughter in her first play on stage that I took with my less than modern camera... My little boy in the backyard learning the first steps to the Major League... You think about it when you aren't in Combat... All you can do is pull those photos out and think about it, hoping you can see the future, returning to see them...

A Photograph sounds simple to civilians, but if you are one, you have no idea how much that means to us... I could care less about whether my car still runs, that's an easy fix.... Don't tell me anything about that, just send me boxes of photos of you, the kids and something simple like the lakes or ocean... Send me pics of the Mountains or the Sunset, the deck where I got down on one knee and made you mine officially....

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A Photograph could be anything you keep next to your heart... Family, Friends or my Wife, my 6 year old daughter in her first play on stage that I took with my less than modern camera... My little boy in the backyard learning the first steps to the Major League... You think about it when you aren't in Combat... All you can do is pull those photos out and think about it, hoping you can see the future, returning to see them...

Since they invented the interweb, sometimes we can see each other, but every waking second not by your side is killing me... I try to kill it off with my Fantasy Football league, but it's not the same... I would even change the Mancave with the TV and Keg just to be back in your arms... You could set up your sewing machines and your Woman stuff in there... I would have to go somewhere else for the Super Bowl, but I would do anything for you

Chorus:

A Photograph could be anything you keep next to your heart... Family, Friends or my Wife, my 6 year old daughter in her first play on stage that I took with my less than modern camera... My little boy in the backyard learning the first steps to the Major League... You think about it when you aren't in Combat... All you can do is pull those photos out and think about it, hoping you can see the future, returning to see them...

RIP to all the Service Men and Women and Firefighters and Police that have given their lives so I can still type.... I'll see you all, hopefully not for 180 years, but pour me a Guinness in Heaven, make sure it's ice cold...


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point2make 4 years ago Author

Your in fine style Aaron! This "Photograph" is good.....very good. It brings home the importance of the small things and how they can become very important in the daily life of a soldier. Well done my friend.


Aaron Mitschke 4 years ago

Yes, Point... People take things for granted until they have been there... You want to talk about the mad rush for Charmin Toilet Paper??? It was GOLD over there, something you would never even consider over here... Sounds as simple as it sounds, and that's the problem... But trust me, one ply Army junk does not compare to Charmin!!!!


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point2make 4 years ago Author

And I thought our politicians were telling the truth when they claimed that soldiers deserved the best. Of course they didn't say our soldiers were provided with the best.......only that they deserved it. Typical double talk. Maybe they should be make to use the "one ply Army junk" for say a year or two or would that border on cruelty.


Aaron Mitschke 4 years ago

Well, put it this way... Just my experience, it could have changed, but when I was on security detail in Iraq, all the guys we were detailed to protect wanted AK-47's because you can bury those in a foot of sand and it will still fire... Good luck doing that with an M-16 or M-4... It's simple... It's called Lowest Bidder for the contract... PERIOD


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point2make 4 years ago Author

Good point Aaron....like the song says....."supplying the troops with the tools of the trade". It all depends who does the supplying doesn't it.


Aaron Mitschke 4 years ago

Destination Iraq

I gotta leave, baby... No choice in that of course... You know my mission as a Soldier is to go back when I get that call, I know it sucks for all of us, but that's the career I chose...

Chorus:

The flight left at 8 AM... I said I'd be back, wiping away your tears with some kleenex I had in my go bag... Leaving and going back is the hardest thing to do... We have a job, we need to help kids and Women and Men that need us... We only had 2 weeks on my break, but it was awesome to see my boy swing that bat in a game.... That's what life is all about... He got a Triple, barely missing a Home Run by a foot or so

You need to remember the memories, opening up our High School Yearbook.... If I return with a flag draped coffin, accept the folded flag presented to you and unfold it, put it on the pole and make sure the light hits it at night, that's required

Chorus:

The flight left at 8 AM... I said I'd be back, wiping away your tears with some kleenex I had in my go bag... Leaving and going back is the hardest thing to do... We have a job, we need to help kids and Women and Men that need us... We only had 2 weeks on my break, but it was awesome to see my boy swing that bat in a game.... That's what life is all about... He got a Triple, barely missing a Home Run by a foot or so

I gotta end this song now, I have a mission to do, but always remember I'm thinking of you and my boy and unborn girl... If I don't get back, make sure Ashley and Aaron Junior know I tried to give my best... If this letter was to say goodbye, they got phone books in heaven...

I LOVE YOU BABY

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