Thursday, April 19, 2007
Witnessing A Dream Come True

Yesterday I had the rare opportunity to witness a dream come true for a most deserving little boy.

As most of you know, I work on a military base. Earlier in the week the entire base received an email announcement that we’d have a very special guest at our unit.

Dominic, a six year old with terminal leukemia, had always dreamed of becoming a fighter pilot. Through the Make a Wish Foundation, his wish was granted yesterday and the entire base was invited to his pinning ceremony.

When I arrived at the designated location, about 10 minutes early, I found the room filled to overflowing with military members in fatigues and flight suites and a scattering of government contractors in civilian clothing. Excited chatter circulated the room as we all waited for Dominic’s arrival.

Little Dominic arrived in style, riding atop the base fire engine, sirens blasting across the flight line. He slowly walked through the crowd to the front of the room. He was dressed in a children's sized flight suite, displaying the base patches and a patch with his name on it. He had on a too-big fire station cap on and his shining eyes were peeking out from beneath the brim.

Dominic was placed on a pedestal, military personal flanking either side, his family seated in front of him. Attention to orders was called and after a list of Dominic’s achievements were read aloud (i.e. completion of honorary flight course, shooting down 3 planes and a perfect landing during simulated training, etc.) he was awarded with the honorary rank of 2nd Lieutenant and his flight suite was pinned. A navy blue flight cap was placed on his head. He stood tall and proud throughout it all!

We learned that, not only did Dominic receive pilot training, tour the base fire station, and ride on the fire truck, but he also was taken up for a brief ride in a B-17 plane and he spent time exploring the insides of an A-10 plane. The pilots dubbed him with a call sign of “Magnum”.

During the ceremony, Dominic was presented with numerous gifts: various military patches, squadron coins, framed certificates, military caps, a stuffed bear dressed in fatigues, and a cake that said, “Congratulations Lt. Dominic”.

Although quiet and shy in the midst of such a large crowd, joy and excitement lit up his face and made his eyes sparkle.

The ceremony ended and Dominic was escorted out to the flight line where an F-16 jet awaited. The maintenance crew had put his name on the jet and the cockpit was open and waiting. One of the pilots climbed up into it and Dominic was handed up to him. Dominic sat on the pilot’s lap and watched attentively as the jet was hooked up to a special towing truck. He was taxied away for a ride around the base flight line. We smiled at him and waved our goodbyes.

My eyes, and the eyes of many around me, glistened with tears as I gazed at this precious soul and realized he wouldn’t be on this earth much longer. My heart filled with gladness that at least his dream had come true and his family was there to witness his happiness! I was honored to be able to witness it as well.

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At 6:53 AM, Blogger Jill said...

That must have been something very special to witness. I think Make a Wish is such a fantastic organization, but I've never seen a wish come true! How wonderful for you(and for Dominic)

 
At 8:10 AM, Blogger Barb said...

Laughter through tears. This story moved me so much. This organization is beyond wonderful. How blessed you are to witness this.

Inspiring yet heartbreaking. Poor little guy. I'm glad his wish came true.

 
At 8:13 AM, Anonymous Jessica said...

Thank you so much for sharing that with us. I'm so happy he got his wish and what a cool one it was!

 
At 8:59 AM, Blogger momteacherfriend said...

Eyes glistening over here too. Thanks for recapturing the moment.

 
At 10:41 AM, Blogger Jammy said...

How wonderful to witness the Love of God in a group of special people. People who care for the soul of another, and of those who will be left behind with the priceless memories of this special occasion. Thanks for sharing, glistening here as well.

Hugs,
Jenn

 
At 1:40 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

How neat that you were able to witness this little boy's dream come true!

Our base has something similar with "Pilot for a Day."

 
At 4:25 PM, Blogger Jacquie said...

What a beautiful recount. I can only imagine how that little boy must have felt. Like a king I'd bet and rightly so. To be part of such an experience would be unimaginable.

Bless the person who's vision became the Make-A-Wish-Foundation

 
At 4:50 PM, Blogger Beck said...

What a beautiful story. I'm so glad that he got his wish.

 
At 7:00 PM, Blogger Carey said...

That is so wonderful. Make a wish foundation is such a wonderful blessing to families and the children they support. God bless that little boy.

 
At 9:07 PM, Blogger Judi said...

Truly wonderful. This just brought tears to my eyes. You are blessed to have been able to witness this. :)

 
At 12:09 AM, Blogger Judith said...

This surely is Love in action. Oh the wonder of it!

 
At 2:32 PM, Anonymous chelle said...

awww how magical, the story gave me goosebumps! How wonderful for that little boy.

 
At 10:08 AM, Blogger Munchkin Land said...

Oh, my. I had tears in my eyes just reading the story. What an incredible gift to be able to witness that. Can you imagine how his parents felt?! Thank you for sharing that with us!

 
At 6:15 PM, Anonymous away2me said...

Make a wish foundation is one of my favorite charities. How wonderful that you got to witness this boy's special day. I'm glad he was able to have that experience. Sounds like the base did an amazing job of going all out for him. Thanks for sharing such an aspiring story.

 
At 9:49 PM, Anonymous Sallie said...

that's so great for kids to get their wishes! I'm glad the military was able to do that!! My husband is a Marine. Thanks for all you do as well on the civilian side. We need you all too!

God bless,
Sallie

 

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