Today we flew out of the Bay Area and watched a vignette that I want to share. We were having a beer in the airpot cafe and noticed a young man (25ish) and his parents at a near table. The young man had a distinctive "high and tight" haircut which means Marine. His look was not that of a new recruit, but the sturdy hard look of someone who has been in a while. He had a Marine style bag with a digital camo design under the table, and he and his parents took turns taking pictures with a cell phone. They finished their meal and walked to the adjacent gate where Dad and Mom both hugged him, very hard. I commented to BP that the parents did not have travel bags (they must have had a gate pass, and good for the airline for giving it to them!) There were lots of other young men with short haircuts and serious looks at that gate, where the flight was going to San Diego, home of Camp Pendleton.
So we sent a new year's wish for that young Marine and his mom and dad and all those who travel in uniform in harm's way. May they stay safe and come home soon.