A Good Story about Good People

Repeating a story from a year ago. Enjoy!


Like me, I’ll bet that you love to read a positive and uplifting story as you scan the internet. Well, Tod Starnes at Fox News felt the same way, and issued a challenge to his audience to find some and pass them along.

Our country is filled with good people, fine people, young and old, patriotic people who love their country, and it is hard to remember sometimes that every day we are surrounded by good stories, fine stories. Most of what we read and see on television is filled with the negative, the hateful, and the evil among us.

What Todd had to say:

After back-to-back weeks of bickering and bloviating, I’m about all politicked out.

So the other day, I sent a message to our good readers that I was searching for stories to share that would inspire, not inflame.  Soon, my in box was flooded with great stories from across the fruited plain.

But one, in particular stood out.

So pour yourself a glass of sweet tea, settle back into your Cracker Barrel rocking chair, and prepare to have your bones blessed.

Our story took place on July 18th aboard Delta Airlines Flight 15 – from Frankfurt, Germany.

On board were dozens of teenage musicians – members of the Iowa Ambassadors of Music. They had just completed a European tour and were returning home.

Also on board was a soldier – in full dress uniform. The young man was escorting the remains of a World War II veteran.

It just so happened to be that one of the flight attendants was seated across from Dr. Lee Nelson, the singing group’s choral director and the director of choral activities at Wartburg College.

During the long flight across the Atlantic, she mentioned to the director about the fallen soldier – and how an Honor Guard would meet the plane once they landed in Atlanta.

“She asked if there was something that perhaps we could sing,” Dr. Nelson told me during a telephone interview from his office at Wartburg College.

By chance, the choir had concluded all of their European concerts with a moving rendition of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

“I thought that might be something appropriate to sing to honor and respect the remains of that soldier and also the uniformed soldier,” he said.

But organizing a choral concert on a plane is not all that easy – especially since the students were scattered through the giant aircraft. So Dr. Nelson enlisted the aid of a chaperone and they stood back to back so they could direct both halves of the plane.

As the Honor Guard approached the jetliner and the soldier rose from his seat, the teenagers began singing, “Glory, Glory, Hallelujah…”

Read the rest of the story, HERE.


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6 Responses to A Good Story about Good People

  1. auscitizenmom says:

    Very touching.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. joshua says:

    thx for a great story.
    comments on the blog were truly sad. haters out in full force.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Menagerie says:

    Thank you Stella. I think we all underestimate how very important the good stories are for us. And how important it is for our young people like these to have an opportunity to honor the fallen.

    I am glad the attendant asked. I am betting these young people will remember this time they were able to offer up their talents for their country and I think it will have a very positive impact on them.

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  4. lovely says:

    The story of Stan Wawrinka always makes me smile. He went up against the titans of tennis and always lost. Finally in 2014 he beat his nemesis Djokovic and then went on to win his first Grand Slam by beating the number one ranked Nadal.

    Stan has a tattoo that reads Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.

    He now has 3 Grand Slam titles under his belt.

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  5. skipper1961 says:

    While maybe not quite as Patriotic as this wonderful story, in the vein of community, and “good-neighborism”, I want to mention my next-door neighbor, who was tasked with “keeping an eye on the place” while the Missus and I were deliberating whether to extend our vacation to Cape San Blas, Florida, I mentioned how much taller the grass would be after the extra days. We arrived last night in the dark. Waking up this morning to retrieve the Sunday paper, I first noticed the smell of, you guessed it, FRESHLY MOWN LAWN!!! ( about an acre of it ) He’s not home from Church yet, for me to thank him. Good (family-like) neighbors are truly a blessing.

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