June 16, 2010
The Petersons live on a beautiful farm in NH. Pasture land surrounds the property. The weather is gorgeous, no humidity, air clean and crisp. No wonder we slept so well. Or perhaps it was the sheer exhaustion of driving last night.
I was excited about the day as we headed to the state capitol for a special ceremony. Today we gathered under the dome of this historic building surrounded by over two hundred years of American flags that had survived the years of combat from the revolution forward. It was here that many were in attendance to hear about the mission and to give tribute to two special New Hampshire families. Along with many veterans groups, active duty and blue star mothers represented, we were privileged to have US Senator Bradley, state senator Bob Letourneau, Al Baldasaro and other NH legislators involved. However it was the presence of Gold Star families and friends which made the event so meaningful.
After a few words from the Senator, I was able to openly share the mission and received overwhelming acceptance and endorsement. After which, in following with the heart of our vision I presented personalized flags in tribute to Jim and Lynn for the loss of their son Cpl Matthew J Stanley ~ 16 Dec 2006 ~ Iraq and also to Mary Schweitzer on the loss of her brother HM2 Martin L Gillespie Jr ~ 21 Mar 1966 ~ Vietnam.
A few of the families broke bread together at lunch and we were able to have a terrific time of sharing and making new friends. The Gold Star community, although the worst club to belong to, has some of the best people you would ever meet. Thanks to Blue star mom Susan Peterson for a wonderfully amazing New Hampshire visit.
Tomorrow: 5:30 am drive to Augusta, Maine where the day will start with a flag ceremony for Vietnam mom Mrs Thelma Brooks, at the ME state capitol Hall of Flags, 10am. Following at the Orchard Beach Town Hall 2pm a second ceremony for Gold Star mom Mrs. Nancy Kelley.