Thursday, May 22, 2008

Shower of Affection


One of the most memorable experiences I have from working at the airport is watching the troops return from Iraq. Specially watching the "Shower of Affection", as the plane is approaching the gate. When approaching the gate the plane comes to a stop while being showered by water from two fire department super tankers.

The shower of water symbolizes the great affection and respect that we have for our troops. But I also have other thoughts of what it could symbolize. I think it could also symbolize the cleansing of our troops from the terrible aspects of war. I see it as a cleansing of the mind and soul, like a rebirth or baptism.

It is truly an amazing site to behold, but from my understanding you can only see this at Dallas- Fort Worth International Airport in Dallas, TX (where I work) and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, GA. These are the only points of entry the troops arrive and depart from, so if you are ever in either of these locations I hope you get to share in the experience. It really makes you think about the great sacrifices our troops make to protect our freedom and way of life. It is something that you will always remember and it will leave a lasting impression in you mind and your heart.

1 comment:

123 said...

Wow! You do live in Texas? and in Dallas? "Walker the Texas Ranger is so hot here in Italy.... Always show the Dallas side.

You do look "very summer" there.... enjoy the great season.

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