While we haven’t seen snow here in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry, the severe weather slamming the east coast Friday delayed flights — stranding passengers at the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport.
But they weren’t just any passengers, most are Marines who graduated from basic training Friday and were on their way home… only to learn they’d be spending the night in the airport.
“I checked in and they told me it was canceled,” said Private Jennifer Saucedo. “I’m a marine now, finally, it’s what I’ve been waiting for since the first time I deped in then once I was in boot camp to graduate and then to go home, but I can’t do that now!”
Saucedo is actually one of the lucky ones, her family was able to get a hotel for the night.
Others, like Private Laura Caldez, slept on cots in the airport spending yet another day away from friends and family.
“Two days are going to have to go into one, and then some,” said Valdez, who was heading to Texas to see friends.
USO volunteers and the airlines worked to make the Marines comfortable, providing blankets, pillows, and even food.
Despite the less-than-ideal conditions though, Valdez tells News 3 it’s nothing compared to boot camp.
“I try to look at the bright side of things so the negative stuff won’t get too overwhelming,” she said. “There’s really no point in dwelling in the negatives, it just makes you miserable.”