Leo Terrell revealed a very human side of himself on Saturday that speaks greatly to his compassion and understanding as a person amidst the tragic loss of American military personnel in Afghanistan.
As former Marine Joey Jones discussed the 13 American service members that lost their lives to terrorist attacks at the Kabul airport this week, Terrell wiped his eyes as he teared up thinking about the sacrifice of the fallen Americans.
“Leo, you look at those faces and you hear their stories,” Jones opened on Fox News’ “The Big Saturday Show.”
“They want to be a sheriff’s deputy, they want to follow in their parents’ footsteps — but what I saw, I saw America, I saw people of every race, creed, gender, probably religion and they love each other and they love this country,” Jones continued, questioning “our leaders” perspective wondering if they could see that “where we are as a country and maybe we’re not as bad as sometimes they say we are.”
As Jones described the patriotic service members, Terrell reached for a small rag to dry his eyes that were already welling up with tears.
“You saw the best and brightest, I won’t talk too long because I can’t,” Terrell said before he stopped talking and bowed his head in tears.
“That’s real, folks. That’s real,” Jones stepped in, speaking on Terrell’s raw emotion. “That’s how we feel,” he explained, adding that he shed tears the day before over the American deaths.
“Those people loved each other,” Jones said, explaining that he was “just a country bumpkin” before he became a Marine and he “learned real quick” about the comradery that Marines. “It has everything to do with how you treat people and the love you have and what you’re willing to do and those 13 heroes were willing to die for this country and die for each other.”
Terrell, a civil rights attorney and Fox News contributor, shared the moving clip on social media along with the hashtag “#GodBlessAmerica.”
— TheLeoTerrell (@TheLeoTerrell) August 28, 2021
Responses to Terrell’s raw moment captured on live television was echoed by many on social media by people who share in the sadness of the fallen soldiers. [Full disclosure: the author of this post teared up while writing this.]
leo , i am 73 yo aviation ordinance man. 67-68 on an aircraft carrier… viet nam.. i am saddened with you.. and i am emotional every day………. real men have real emotions… and you are a real man.. thank you for showing ameirca how real men feel…. bless you…
— 2deedoodee (@2deedoodee) August 29, 2021
😢🇺🇸😢🇺🇸😢🇺🇸 USA 🇺🇸
— David Williams 🇺🇸 (@COOLJETTS) August 28, 2021
I’m a grown-assed man; spent 23 years in the USAF; in and out of combat zones and I’ve been to many funerals. I’ve cried more in the last 48 hours than I have the past 20 years. ❤️
— Greg Bonnell (@GregoryJBonnell) August 29, 2021
You showed that you are human. As a mother and a grandmother it is just devastating to she and hear these parents. Every Memorial Day at our ceremony my husband who is a Vietnam vet, has trouble looking into the faces of the gold star mothers in our town.
— Lorna Danckwerth (@lornadancing) August 28, 2021
It’s okay to show your emotions. I’ve cried, too. One of the fallen service members is from just up the road from where I live in Knoxville, Tenn. I will be paying my respects if the have a public service. 🇺🇸💔😢🇺🇸
— Debbie Ball (@debraball0682) August 28, 2021
Even young patriots share in Terrell’s sadness and understand the value of the 13 military service personnel who were willing to lay down their lives in order to protect ours. Devin Lineman from Carson City, Nevada playing a moving rendition of Taps beside an American flag at half-mast last week. While dressed in full uniform, the 14-year-old played to an audience in his front yard that was likely just his parents, but his reverent tribute has been heard across the nation.
“He was pretty upset about the whole situation and didn’t know what to do and [his mother] kind of guided him,” his father and Marine veteran Sean Linehan explained, calling the performance “spur of the moment.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 29, 2021
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