Tags: marines | at | ohare | heros | welcome

Marines at O'Hare Layover Get Hero's Welcome, First-Class Upgrade

Thursday, 07 Nov 2013 07:08 PM

By Morgan Chilson

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Thirteen Marines flying into Chicago's O'Hare airport for a brief layover while returning home from seven months in Afghanistan were greeted with a hero’s welcome.

O’Hare’s USO volunteer John Colas, a former Marine, got a phone call from Stephanie Hare, fiancĂ©e of one of the Marines, Capt. Pravin Rajan, letting him know the soldiers would be stopping in Chicago. With only an hour to prepare, Colas managed to get a water cannon salute from firetrucks, along with a group of firemen and policemen, as well as others, to cheer and form a corridor for the soldiers to walk through as they disembarked.

Editor's Note: ObamaCare Is Here. Are You Prepared?

“It was incredibly touching,” Rajan told The Associated Press on the telephone from California’s Camp Pendleton. “Afghanistan is a very complex and ambiguous war ... and a difficult thing to keep track of so it is amazing when we are 10 years (into) a war and there is still that kind of community, that level of support, the level of willingness to go out of one's way.”

The soldiers, who had been traveling for about five days, were also honored aboard the American Airlines flight that would take them on the final leg of their journey to California. The airline upgrades soldiers flying whenever it can and announced that six of the 13 could move to first class.

But when the announcement was made, seven first-class passengers offered their seats to the other seven Marines so they could all stay together,  theAP said.

“It always gives me goose bumps when we have so many people, especially when you get the public involved with it,” the USO's Lindsy Wadas told ABC 10 News. “It gets to be awesome; people do care about our military and want to welcome them.”

A military liaison with American Airlines, Linda Kozma, told ABC the soldiers were grateful.

“Oh my gosh, they were ever so grateful,” she said. “They asked if they could hug us, shook our hands, very thankful, especially after coming off a transport for five days. We will never forget them.”

Editor's Note: Do You Support Obamacare? Vote in Urgent National Poll

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Cambodia HIV Outbreak: 100-Plus People Diagnosed; Investigation Sought

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:50 PM

More than 100 HIV infections in a single Cambodian village have spurred the country's prime minister to ask for an inves . . .

Slender Man Case: Two Girls Competent to Stand Trial in Stabbing

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:26 PM

Two girls who allegedly stabbed a 12-year-old friend over the online game Slender Man are competent to stand trial for a . . .

Kate Upton Sexiest Woman Alive; Model Apologizes to Teen Brother

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 17:52 PM

Model Kate Upton was selected as People magazine's first Sexiest Woman Alive, a month after Chris Hemsworth received the . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved