Memorial Day

While waiting for a flight out of Oklahoma City on Memorial Day, I fell in with some team ropers from Utah. We were having a good visit when one of the cowboys returned from a stroll and asked his buddy if he’d heard the announcement about a soldier who’d just arrived for a quick visit home and needed a ride.

The two of them were gone in a flash and returned 15 minutes later. When asked what they’d been up to, the quiet response was enough to make me really glad I’d shared some time with them. A self-described “hobby roper” from Utah had greeted the soldier, thanked him for his service, handed him enough cash for an apparently long-distance cab ride and some food, wished him well and walked away.

No questions, no strings. Just pure gratitude and a stirring example of the cowboy way.

Categories: People


  1. Judy Said,

    June 2, 2010 @ 7:02 pm

    Great story! Thanks for sharing

  2. Richard Lankford Said,

    June 4, 2010 @ 7:15 am

    That’s the real American way of doing things.

  3. Susan T Said,

    June 6, 2010 @ 6:34 pm

    Great story – good to know there’s good people out there. As the mom to a soldier in Iraq, the story especially meant something to me – they did more than help a soldier – they touched all the people in that soldier’s life that were anxiously waiting to spend some time with him. God bless those men for their generousity.

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