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Hello Metro family and friends!I hope your spring is going well.

In March, I hopped in my Chevy Trax and took a car trip down to Florida to meet my brothers at Steve's place. On the way, I stopped in Tennessee and picked up my brother Larry who accompanied me on the rest of the trip. It was a great week, and we had a lot of fun enjoying the weather, gambling, watching preseason baseball, America roadside attractions, laughing it up with my bros, and of course, the grouper sandwiches. Thanks Steve for hosting!

Margaret and I had a great time at the Detroit Tiger Opening Day party held by UHY. Brad, Valerie, Austin, and us had just a great time at the beautiful Detroit Music Hall. Great food and great company along with some nice stogies.

I am still slowly recovering from the reverse right shoulder arthroplasty surgery I had on April 7. Thanks to those who sent well wishes or called to check up with me. Thanks also to the very best nurse a guy could ask for in Margaret. I appreciate and love you! Thanks also to Mike and Larry for their contributions to this issue as I am a one-finger typist for the time being until my wing returns to normal in 3 months.

With summer on the doorstep, it also means travel time. Remember, if you have any vacation plans, remember to submit some of your good times you had with a quick article and pictures for the Metro. Margaret and I are preparing for a trip out to Oregon to see Chris, Amanda, Alexa, and Cooper, and of course, there will be full reports and pictures right here in an upcoming edition of the McCarty Metro.

My final thought I leave you with is a story that sort of combines Memorial Day and Father's Day which we celebrate in this issue. I hope you enjoy it, and we'll see you back here in July!

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A WELL NEEDED HUG FROM DAD

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Last week I was in Atlanta, Georgia attending a conference. While I was in the airport, returning home, I heard several people behind me beginning to clap and cheer. I immediately turned around and witnessed one of the greatest acts of patriotism I have ever seen.

Moving thru the terminal was a group of soldiers in their camos. As they began heading to their gate, everyone (well almost everyone) was abruptly to their feet with their hands waving and cheering.

When I saw the soldiers, probably 30-40 of them, being applauded and cheered for, it hit me. I'm not alone. I'm not the only red-blooded American who still loves this country and supports our troops and their families.

Of course I immediately stopped and began clapping for these young unsung heroes who are putting their lives on the line everyday for us so we can go to school, work and home without fear or reprisal.

Just when I thought I could not be more proud of my country or of our Service men and women, a young girl, not more than 6 or 7 years old ran up to one of the male soldiers. He kneeled down and said 'hi...'

The little girl then asked him if he would give something to her daddy for her...

The young soldier, who didn't look any older than maybe 22 himself, said he would try and what did she want to give to her daddy. Then suddenly the little girl just grabbed this soldier, and gave him the biggest hug she could muster and then kissed him on the cheek.

The mother of the little girl, who said her daughter's name was Courtney, told the young soldier that her husband was a Marine and had been in Iraq for 11 months now. As the mom was explaining how much her daughter Courtney missed her father, the young soldier began to tear up.

When this temporarily single mom was done explaining her situation, all of the soldiers huddled together for a brief second... Then one of the other servicemen pulled out a military-looking walkie-talkie. They started playing with the device and talking back and forth on it..

After about 10-15 seconds of this, the young soldier walked back over to Courtney, bent down and said this to her, 'I spoke to your daddy and he told me to give this to you.' He then hugged this little girl that he had just met and gave her a kiss on the cheek. He finished by saying 'your daddy told me to tell you that he loves you more than anything and he is coming home very soon.'

The mom at this point was crying almost uncontrollably and as the young soldier stood to his feet, he saluted Courtney and her mom. I was standing no more than 6 feet away from this entire event.

As the soldiers began to leave, heading towards their gate, people resumed their applause. As I stood there applauding and looked around, there were very few dry eyes, including my own. That young soldier in one last act of selflessness turned around and blew a kiss to Courtney with a tear rolling down his cheek.

We need to remember everyday all of our soldiers and their families and thank God for them and their sacrifices. At the end of the day, it's good to be an American.

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Here's to those who stand up and fight for our freedom, especially to those who paid the ultimate price...


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