October 9, 2010
Today I am visiting Houston Texas, there had not been alot planned for the weekend here, but one event I was very much looking forward to. I was invited to a Gold Star family/friends picnic at the Millers, Susie and Lewis lost their son Billy in the Battle for Falujah in 2004. On July 4th 2009 I was privileged to present to them, in a special ceremony at the 1/8 marine reunion in Washington, DC, a personalized flag. Twenty one flags were presented to the families that day in tribute of those killed in that fight for the city.
Today we gathered at their home for a relaxing time of sharing and getting to know each other more as a family. To have the opportunity to sit and laugh and hear great stories from each family was truly inspiring. I was amazed that there could be such a sharing of great memories and so little tears. There were four families who had lost sons and each so proud of their heroes. Each son loving with a passion their county, their service and their job. I am constantly humbled to meet so many wonderful people and to be shown so vividly their support of the Honor and Remember mission.
Tomorrow: 400 mile Road trip to Arkansas