October 7, 2010
This morning it is San Antonio and the opportunities of the day. Two important events began with a meeting with the owner of Dixie Flag. Pete is a distributor of Annin products, Annin is our manufacturer and wholesaler of screen printed HR flags. Our meeting included lunch and we had a wonderful discussion on the business of flagmaking in the US and the potential of Honor and Remember. I learned Dixie has made some of the largest flags ever displayed including a 60 x 90 foot flying from the GW bridge in NYC. After a short tour of his facility Pete accompanied me downtown to the Alamo.
The Daughters of the Texas Republic arranged today for a beautiful ceremony outside the front doors of the Alamo. Included in the ceremony was the Color Guard from VFW Post 76 the oldest active VFW Post in Texas. Also present was U.S. Rep. Ciro Rodriguez and several Gold Star families from the area. Included were many tourists who happened to be visiting at the same time, who I believe received this added bonus. We were there to honor Gloria Caldas mother of Army Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas with a personalized flag. It was an incredible opportunity to share the mission and present in such an historic site. A place where so many lost their lives in defense of freedom. While there I was also able to present a flag to Virginia Van Cleave, Alamo Committee chairwoman and the daughters that they will be displaying onsite.
A very momentous day that will forever be significant in my travel through Texas. I am of course so grateful to have met so many wonderful Gold star families and be able to share even briefly each loved one’s story. My family continues to grow in my quest for public remembrance.
Tomorrow: Head to Houston for Saturday Picnic at the Millers.