September 24, 2010
Last night I rolled into Amarillo and met with my friend and contact for this city, Jack Barnes. Jack runs and organization named America Supports you Texas. Erin Julian from Michigan had been arranging with Jack for my visit here and quite a day was planned. Jack and I started with breakfast and the headed to an impromptu meeting with one of the district legislators. This was our first committment from the state of Texas for Honor and Remember legislation!
At 1 we met up with the VFW riders, Hardcore Motorcycle assoc and the PGR for an escort. We traveled in an amazing line of police and motorcycles, through the city to the Veterans memorial where many gathered for a special opportunity to speak. The mayor of Amarillo participated in the event and welcomed me to the city. It was an emotional opportunity to share at such a beautiful memorial and to the proud patriots who participated. Jack also had his team together with his veterans float. A tribute to all of our veterans and the fallen.
This evening we drove over to the VFW post 1475. The post members had prepared a steak dinner for the community and Gold Star families. It was a very well attended dinner and I was able to share in much detail the story of my mission. As part of the evening I presented a personalized flag to Sandy Lanier who lost her son Elias in May of this year. The emotions were flowing as together we honored her family and thanked them for his sacrifice to us all. It was a wonderful and meaningful event attended by many in the community including legislative candidates and AL and VFW commanders.
Jack does an amazing job of remembering vets with the Honor flights and the Armed Forces day Gold Star family event. Thanks for making my initial stop in Texas such a memorable one.
Tomorrow: Headed to Canadian TX for the weekend.