July 28, 2010 Wednesday
Dennis Edwards, the leader of the American Legion riders post 22, Rapid City, had begun planning my day the moment we met. He wanted to be sure that I had the best opportunity to share the message in the most places. Needless to say, today was packed. The morning began with a breakfast with a state senator and two delegates, all of which gave me their full support on moving Honor and Remember forward in SD. From there we were invited to a Columbarium dedication at the state veteran’s cemetery again escorted by the ALR with PGR in attendance.
From there I had a scheduled interview at Post 22 with the local Fox news station. Also I needed to have the rear end of the RV looked at before I started losing pieces. This was taken to Newmiller’s truck garage and they pieced it back together, best they could with short notice, and at no charge by the way.
Next I was escorted to the office of the Adjutant general, MG Doohan. Where I was very warmly welcomed and the message supported 100%. I was pleased to find out that the generals wife was significantly involved in keeping the memories of the SD Gold Star families alive.
Later that afternoon, I was able to meet Lt Governor Dugard at a special event and received his support. He is currently running for Governor.
This evening I was able to speak at the American Legion meeting to their membership and received overwhelming endorsement. I have met so many wonderful people in Rapid City and am extremely appreciative that out of a state that i anticipated nothing planned came an incredible collection of new friends and memories. Thanks to Dennis, John, Lance, Ed, Dick, Marsella and all of AL Post 22.
Tomorrow: Travel day, 7 hours to Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Needs: Place to stay in Cheyenne overnight.