October 25, 2010
Today on the steps of the Florida state capitol, Tallahassee, I was privileged to honor the family of LCDR Guy Houston, shot down while piloting a fighter over Vietnam Nov 10, 1969. With members of the Florida Patriot Guard Riders on hand and a proud flag line, LCDR Houston was represented by his widow, daughter, grandson and extended family. The venue was between the old and new capitol buildings and I was able to pull the RV right into the middle of the courtyard for a spectacular backdrop. Covered by every news station in the city we had a beautiful and moving ceremony that I hope will touch the lives of all who participated and will view.
Following the ceremony, I was able to meet with Veteran Affairs, Rep Williams, and the offices of Sen Nelson and Rep Boyd. State number 46 in the journey and finding continued support in the state of Florida. Moving 3 hours now to Ft Rucker Alabama for the night.
Getting closer to the end of my journey, just 17 days more. hard to believe all that has gone past. The emotional and physical strain sometimes daunting but always bearable. It has been a lonely journey not entirely planned for, often times unexpected. But I hope the mission will resonate for years to come. As Arlington nears I do hope that you continue the prayers for strength and that the next three weeks will be as powerful as the twenty behind me.
Tomorrow: Meetings on Ft Rucker