June 9, 2010
MD. The day began with a visit to Annapolis MD, her GSD Jim Duffy gave us a first class tour of the academy where both he and his son had graduated. This is a spectacular facility where our future navy and marine officers are trained. Following the tour we visited the officers club for lunch. Several Gold Star families were gathered to break bread and have wonderful fellowship. Cindy Lohman, Tracy Miller, Carol Roddy and Mr and Mrs Duffy.
NJ. After about a 3 hour drive to Atco, NJ we are staying at the home of GSM Judi Tapper. She is our point of contact in NJ and had arranged for our visit here. the evening started with an unbelievable police and Warrior Watch Rider motorcycle escort through the town about 20 miles to the American Legion post in Cherry Hill. Alex was completely blown away. This was so amazing and a first for us as police cars stopped traffic at every intersection along our route. Once arriving we were greeted with a flag line from the yellow ribbon club and a packed out AL hall. The program was outstanding as speakers came to the podium to recognize the importance of our mission. State senator Jim Beach spoke and the mayor of Cherry Hill, with proclamation, declared June 9th Honor and Remember Day. The music was beautiful and we were warmly embraced by the entire community.
At the conclusion of the program I was privileged to participate in a special personalized flag presentation to Mr and Mrs Hicks in tribute to their son Jon. This was made possible by the sponsorship of the Waterford Twp. War Memorial Committee. After which I had a surprise of my own as Judi tapper was honored with a flag in memory of her son David. The American Legion commander ended the evening with a generous donation to our cause.
Tremendous day, one blessing after another. I am deeply encouraged that this mission is the right thing to do at the right time. Please continue to pray, share our vision and support our cause.
Tomorrow: Headed to the NJ state capitol for an event at 1pm.