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Ariana grateful for time in Korea with troops

Posted by drewdougherty on February 7, 2011 – 10:24 am

An nyong ha se yo!

That means ‘hello’ in Korean!

As you can see we are safe! We arrived Wednesday night and had just enough time to go straight to our rooms to prepare for our first day “on duty.”

Traveling via Blackhawk and van, we spent the day visiting with men and women in the Marines, Army, Navy, and Air Force.

While on the Blackhawk, our captain shared one of his war stories. It was tough just listening to him and I can’t imagine having experienced it. Being able to hear what these men and women deal with firsthand and being able to thank them personally is worth more than I can express in just a few short lines.

For the next couple of days, our time in Korea consisted of more traveling and more visits to each base. The rest of the girls and I along with Adam Hayward, linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, were divided into two groups in order to be able to cover as much ground as possible.

Being honored with coins at the end of each visit, I am sure I can speak for us all when I say that the value of these coins is beyond measurable.

I have discovered through trips like these that the strength that our troops have is more than physical. Leaving their families behind for months, even years, they undergo conditions that most of us will never have to encounter. It is because of their sacrifices that we are able to live as freely as we do in the United States.

I could say thank you everyday for the rest of my life and even then I do not feel that it would be enough!

But for what it’s worth and on behalf of myself and the Houston Texans Cheerleaders…thank you!


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