Sunday, December 2, 2012
Day 1 -- The Trip Begins
Though we all woke early this morning, we are in good spirits and look forward to the week ahead. We left College of the Ozarks at 5:30 this morning and headed to the Springfield airport. From there, we took a plane to Dallas/Fort Worth and then to LAX where we each met the brave men we will spend the next nine days with.
The international leg of our trip will be across the Pacific going to Fiji. Because we are following the revolution of the earth, and because we cross the International Date Line, Monday will cease to exist for us, and we will arrive in Fiji early Tuesday morning.
Everyone is happy and excited for the days ahead. When we met our veterans in LAX, we had plenty of time to get to know them. It is truly touching to see the friendly way they joke with each other, as if they have known each other all along. Even years after they ended their military service, they maintain a strong camaraderie. Each man's story tells of the same events from a different, unique perspective, and during the time we spend together, we will learn that each story or joke they tell teaches us something that not only focuses on the greatest generation, but on humanity as a whole. These men each made the decision to gamble their lives for a cause they believed to be greater than themselves: the defense of others. Thousands of men made the same selfless decision to risk their lives, and their generation is the greatest generation because they gave the greatest sacrifice.