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Posted: May 29, 2017

Soldier gets to see family for Memorial Day weekend thanks to stranger’s kindness


By Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

A soldier from Illinois was able to spend the Memorial Day weekend with his family in Missouri all thanks to the kindness of a stranger he met at a Dallas airport.

U.S. Army mechanic Keaton Tilson, who is stationed at Fort Hood, was stuck at an airport for two days, trying to get a flight on standby, KTVI reported. But Josh Rainey from Glendale, Missouri, wasn’t having any of it. 

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At first Rainey tried to give Tilson his ticket, but airline regulations wouldn’t allow the transfer, so Rainey decided on the next option, buying a last-minute ticket for Tilson to St. Louis so he can be with family over the holiday weekend.

Rainey told KTVI that the he spent $341 on the ticket and that the fact that Tilson was able to get home was worth more than the money.

“He walked away and came back and asked if he could hug me, and I think we both had to fight back the tears after that,” Rainey said.


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Soldier gets to see family for Memorial Day weekend thanks to stranger’s kindness

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Soldier gets to see family for Memorial Day weekend thanks to stranger’s kindness

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WATCH: Bugler plays ‘Taps’ during 2016 Memorial Day sunset over Gettysburg

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WATCH: Bugler plays ‘Taps’ during 2016 Memorial Day sunset over Gettysburg

Historian Steven W. Sears calls the Battle of Gettysburg the “largest” and “costliest” campaign of the Civil War. Between the Union and Confederate forces, more than 57,000 men were lost, including 9,600 dead.

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To remember those who fell at that Pennsylvania battlefield in July 1863, and to honor all veterans who gave their lives for their country, Jari Villanueva of Taps for Veterans performed “Taps” on his bugle on Memorial Day in 2016 as the suns set over Little Round Top at Gettysburg.

It’s an old video, but the sentiments expressed never get old.

Memorial Day 2017: Quotes about patriotism, freedom

Memorial Day is a day to remember those who gave their lives in defense of the country. 

Here are a few quotes about patriotism and freedom.

  • "A hero is someone who has given his of her life to something bigger than oneself." -- Joesph Campbell 
  • "A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers and woods, it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle." -- George William Curtis 
  • "All you have to do is hold your first soldier who is dying in your arms, and have that terribly futile feeling that I can't do anything about it... Then you understand the horror of war." -- Norman Schwarzkopf 
  • "Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war." -- Otto von Bismarck 
  • "I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism. " -- Bob Riley 
  • "Only the dead have seen the end of war." -- Plato 
  • "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." -- Mark Twain 
  • "The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one's country deep enough to call her to a higher plain." -- George McGovern 
  • "The patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth." -- Stonewall Jackson 
  • "The patriot's blood is the seed of Freedom's Tree." -- Thomas Campbell 
  • "These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor - and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror." -- Michael N. Castle 
  • "They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this nation." -- Henry Ward Beecher

Man transforms home's roof into American flag

A man in New Mexico intent on displaying American pride 365 days a year embarked on a striking home improvement project that has the whole neighborhood talking.

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Rick Gabaldon told KOB that he came up with the idea of transforming the roof of his house into an American flag about two years ago. The red, white and blue roof is nearing completion, and has taken about a month to build. Gabaldon says the stars on the roof will be made of a special material that will glow at night.

Gabaldon's neighbors were "freaked out" at first when they heard about the patriotic roof project, KOB reported, but have come to a mutual understanding. Gabaldon's father served in the military and the roof is the family's way of showing their thanks to veterans and pride for their country.

  Memorial Day 2017: Quotes about patriotism, freedom
Photos: Rolling Thunder 30th anniversary

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Photos: Rolling Thunder 30th anniversary

Motorcyclists remember the fallen on Memorial Day weekend.

Memorial Day: Rolling Thunder remembers the fallen 

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Memorial Day: Rolling Thunder remembers the fallen 

Members of the motorcycle group Rolling Thunder have continued their 30-year tradition to make sure that the nation’s fallen haven’t been forgotten.

Thousands of motorcyclists rode into the nation’s capital in honor of Memorial Day.

They arrived Sunday before visiting Veterans Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and The World War II Memorial, WTOP reported.

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“It’s too many guys that haven’t come home,” one rider told WRC Sunday.

They started the ride by meeting at the Pentagon before crossing the Arlington Memorial Bridge before parading through the streets of Washington, D.C., WTOP reported.

Participants also took part in the Blessing of the Bikes at the National Cathedral, WRC reported.

Riders come from all over the country, including one person who told WTOP that he flew his bike from Hawaii to California before continuing on a cross-country ride to D.C.

 
 

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