June 23, 2010
Waking up refreshed in Rochester we had a jam packed day ahead of us. The morning started off with a visit to the Army 98th Training Division. There we were able to meet the wonderful people at the community support center. It is an important mission Marianne and her team have to reach out to our veterans and their families, especially those of our fallen. While there Col Wegman took us on a tour of the facility and explained the important work they do to prepare our young solders. The 98th will be hosting the Redwings game tonight for our flag presentation!
We continued on our day to our next stop, the Veterans Outreach Center. This is a very unique facility as it serves the veterans of the region in amazing ways. Just about every need is covered from financial to emotional counseling as well s physical needs. I have never seen such a diverse facility and believe to be unique in the state. Thanks to Col Jim McDonough, Jocene and staff for welcoming us and embracing our vision. We will not forget your dedication to our heroes. Also at the center with us were two amazing Gold Star families, Patti and Bill Bager and Nancy Fontana, it was my sincere honor to meet them and share stories of our kids, I am so grateful for these new friends and our special connection.
While at the VOC about 25 of the Rochester Patriot Guard Riders began to gather for an escort ride to the Redwings game. What a sincere honor it was to be escorted through the city to the game. While there we were escorted with flags into the field, prior to the game, and presented personalized flags to two special families. One to Jack Wilson who lost his brother in Vietnam, Spc Gerald Wilson kia in 1968 and the other to the Allen family who lost their son Sgt Nekl B. Allen killed in Afghanistan, 12 Sept 2009. A very powerful and moving tribute witnessed by the fans of the Rochester Redwings. The presence of Nigel and the other PGR members was an amazing addition to this respectful moment and added to the memories of these families who have given so much for us all.
Tomorrow: Travel day to Harrisburg to prepare for legislative visit and flag presentation at state capitol.
Needs: Prayer, accommodations and financial resources.