June 17, 2010
Today was an early morning wake up for a 3 hour trip to Augusta Maine. We scheduled a 10 am ceremony for the Hall of Flags at the state capitol. We arrived in time to scout the state house and meet the governors staff. While there we left a packet at his office for future reference. We did meet with state senator Jon Courtney who signed the pledge and agreed to support legislation in Maine.
At 10am we stood in the Hall of flags with Peter Ogden, Sec of Veteran Affairs, several invited guests and Thelma Brooks, Gold star mom from Maine with her son and daughter. We were there to bring tribute to her hero son SGT Richard James Goggin who lost his life saving another in Vietnam in 1971. It was a sincere privedge to present to Mrs Brooks today a personalized flag in her honor. I know most of you cannot imagine the power of the emotional bond of one Gold Star family member to another, however I tell you that if I can continue to touch the lives of individuals like Thelma, my life will have been richly blessed.
After the presentation we headed to Old Orchard Beach, 90 minutes away, where we had a second ceremony planned for Nancy Kelley in tribute to her son Cpt Chris Cash who was killed in Iraq in 2004. There were a number of veterans and friends there supporting the family as well as local news. It was a touching moment to be able to reach out to Nancy in her town and share this vision of remembrance with those who care. We are moving on to Vermont tonight, 4 hour drive, to be fresh in the morning as we forge ahead. Thank you all for supporting this incredible journey. Please continue to pray and get the word out to the states ahead of me. If you can support us financially in any way that would also move us down the road a little bit further.
Tomorrow: Visit with TAG in VT and at the state house tentatively with the governor.