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A small city like Ketchikan knows kindness and has the confidence that the people will come together in times of need and when it is appropriate to bestow an honor or show appreciation.
It just seems to happen like magic here.
It warms the heart and tends to get us looking toward the positive, balancing out all of the bad news that comes out daily around the nation. Shootings in churches, malls, schools and theaters seem to be becoming a daily occurrence.
But, not all are filled with the evil thoughts and negative emotions that lead to such devastation. In fact, most aren't; most people do good stuff daily. It's just that it often doesn't draw as much attention as the negativity.
Case in point, 14 Marines were among many returning to the United States from Afghanistan recently.
American Airlines, and likely other airlines as well, upgrade servicemen and women in uniform to first class whenever possible. On one particular AA flight from Chicago to San Diego, the airline was able to upgrade six of the 14 Marines.
The airline's effort prompted seven passengers to give up their seats in first class to the Marines for seats in the back of the jet, honoring the Marines and allowing them to sit together.
This is not an isolated incident to honor members of the armed services. Often passengers buy men and women in uniform meals or beverages while they wait for airline connections in airports.
Undoubtedly, countless other considerations are made for the men and women in the service. At least one Ketchikan group prepares and ships care packages to servicemen in time for Christmas.
Some Ketchikan businesses open on Saturday will be honoring the military with specials this weekend. This is an event organized by the Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce.
The men and women in service truly are appreciated. Amidst all of the conflicts and debates on issues, it is refreshing to see the cities big and small come together to show that appreciation. When it comes to the men and women who serve, this nation is united.