October 18, 2010
Coming into the state this weekend there was very little planned, our contacts disappeared and I was completely in the dark. With that said today was absolutely amazing. Louisiana has turned out way beyond any expectations. Janet put her Blue Star moms to work and we had a terrific ceremony, including the Sec of Veteran Affairs. Also attending, three television stations and an audience of blue and gold star families, veterans, supporters and in general many patriotic Americans. The event took place directly outside on the steps of the Capitol and although I didn’t feel I communicated at my best today, the message was very well received. The ceremony concluded with a special personalized flag presentation to Jill Puckett, Gold Star mom who lost her son Jon Bowman in Iraq October 9, 2006. Accompanying her was her husband Dennis and son Logan.
Following the presentation, I was taken to the Senate Chambers where they were holding a joint budget committee meeting. They took a short break and after a brief introduction each legislator signed my pledge of support. Thirty signatures, the most from any state so far.
We then proceeded to the governors mansion where we were all hosted with light refreshments and the opportunity to fellowship as a group. See posted photos. We all gathered for lunch at a local restaurant to continue sharing and then I was off on a five hour drive to Pensacola on the next leg of the journey.
It seems I hardly get to stay put before I must move forward, keeping the demanding schedule to reach Arlington on November 11th at 2pm. Today was a good day! Thanks Janet and the Blue and Gold Star families.
Tomorrow: Figuring out Pensacola.