It didn't matter whether the soldiers were leaving for deployment or returning from their mission - Elizabeth was there at the Fort Hood Airport to give them a big squeeze. She also passed out a yellow card (her signature color) with the Soldier's Prayer printed on it. Many soldiers kept these cards with them every single day. One soldier shared what that meant to him on Reddit.
"I got a hug from her and a little yellow card with 'The Soldier's Prayer' on it. I kept it in the breast pocket of my ACUs for that whole year. While not religious, I looked at it often and it gave me great comfort."
Elizabeth's love traveled to all corners of the world and filled the hearts of over a half-million soldiers!
Elizabeth made it her mission to greet every single soldier with a friendly smile and a warm embrace. This is what these strong men and women needed more than anything and she was right there to make sure they were comforted before they went to go protect our freedom.
As a veteran of the United States Air Force herself, the Armed Forces made sure to recognize her constant effort to support those soldiers who just needed a little extra love. Even Former President George W. Bush reached out to thank Elizabeth for her unwavering service to her country. The soldiers she supported remembered Elizabeth on Reddit:
One soldier and Redditor, "Invertation," noticed how she was there for not only his first tour, but his second deployment as well.
"She stopped me from crying on my way to the desert. Some sweet old lady was up at 3 am just to give me a hug. On my second deployment she we still there same as always. Immovable."
Another soldier, under the username "Kizzyt," said she comforted him when he thought he just couldn't handle the idea of going to war.
"I was at the airport getting ready to board one of many flights when it all hit me like a freight train. I walked away into a corner and cried. She came over and gave me a second hug and told me everything was going to be ok. She just kept talking to me. Somehow, it made me brave."
Elizabeth also had an impact on a soldier under the username of "QuestionableFoodstuf" who was devastated that she was not longer going to be waiting there for the troubled soldiers.
"This lady cared about hundreds of thousands of absolute strangers in the same way you would care about a close loved one. Not one hug was phoned in, every single one of them came from a place of genuine emotion. The whole world may not know it, but someone like this no longer being here is a huge loss."
She will be sorely missed by the thousands of soldiers looking for a bit of comfort before they're whisked off to a foreign battleground.
Elizabeth would wait right outside of the security checkpoint and hug every single soldier. It didn't matter if it was in the middle of the night or a holiday - she was there. One Reddit member, Lightbringer1979, remembers Elizabeth fondly.
"For some, it was the last hug they'd ever receive. I wish more people had a simple mission to love like she did."
She even made the soldiers take off their glasses so she could look them directly in the eye. She wanted to them to know she really cared about each and every one of them.
If you want to take an exclusive look into how Elizabeth greeted each brave soldier, take a peek at the video below. It's clear to see that she was truly an incredible person!
Learn From Liz
Elizabeth also made it a point to hug the soldiers she saw while she was out and about, and that's something we can all do. These incredibly selfless men and women make it their life's mission to protect our freedom, so we should all follow Elizabeth's example and offer our love and support whenever possible.