When Veteran at Airport Spots Another Vet's Hat, He Leaps out of Chair to Give Him a Hug


People see all sorts of strange things in airports. When so many people are crammed together in one place, hurrying to catch flights or waiting because of delays, it isn’t too surprising that weird things occur in the building.

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Jordan Matter even ran around Miami International Airport taking pictures of a ballerina for 10 minutes to try to capture beautiful photographs amongst travelers.

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Travelers at an airport in Chicago were treated to a heartwarming encounter between two gentlemen in the terminal.

Leina Richard who witnessed the meeting sent her story to journalist Frank Somerville who posted it on Facebook.

Richard was traveling from San Francisco and had a layover in Chicago when she saw two veterans wearing veteran hats.

“The gentleman in the white shirt was seated. When he saw the other gentleman approach he literally leapt out of his seat to greet him with a hearty hug and handshake,” Richard said.

The other man was not expecting the sweet hello, “but welcomed the greeting with a smile, a thank you for your service and a brief chat about where they served.”

“It was simply a beautiful moment in the rush and push of a crowded airport,” Richard said.

The picture perfectly shows the mutual respect and understanding between these two men, Sommerville pointed out.

“To me there’s just something about they (sic) way they are looking at each other. The smile. The respect. The understanding,” he wrote.

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Even though these two men did not know each other, it is clear that they shared a mutual bond because of their service to this great country.

Thank you to these veterans and all the other men and women who are currently serving or have served in the military and ensure the freedom that we get to enjoy as Americans.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
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Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Oregon
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Contributor for Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future
Prescott, Arizona
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