June 22, 2010
This morning started very relaxing and with a wonderful breakfast at the Parkers. After proper hugs goodbye we headed to Hancock Air field outside Syracuse. It was about a 2 hour ride and I was most excited because I was going to see my friend Kate. She has been a long time part of the team and was visiting her sister who had arranged our Syracuse visit. Back at Hancock, I was able to meet the commander and many of the airmen there as I shared the mission of our journey. I was able to present an Honor and Remember Flag to the base and they will be displaying it at an appropriate location. Thanks to Teri for the super arrangements.
After a much needed lunch Kate took us to the cemetery where her son was buried. Christopher Simpson kia March 17, 2008 Iraq. Surrounded by several gardens and an inscribed bench, what beautiful and peaceful place. Chris’ corner was most certainly a respectful opportunity to reflect on his service to us all. I am so honored to have had that moment to pay my respects to such a great man and share it with so special a lady as Kate.
We concluded our afternoon with a few errands and then off to Rochester for a relaxing evening at Phyllis’ house.
Tomorrow: 11am 98th Army reserve Division. 2:30pm veterans outreach center. 7pm Rochester Redwings game.
Needs: Still looking for a place to stay in Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Plymouth meeting areas.