July 10, 2010 Saturday
Last night I mentioned that I was to receive an overnight package with a personalized flag for a Vietnam mother. The package never arrived and we drove early to the UPS hub in White Creek TN to try and locate it. Unfortunately the supervisor was unable to track it down amidst the hundreds of trailers and thousands of packages, and said it would be delivered Monday. With one hour now before the presentation I had to move to plan B.
We all met at a Red Robin in Mt Juliet for presentation. Mary Byers had arranged the presentation for Glen Riker, who lost her son PFC Richard J. Riker, February 21, 1969. Several Gold Star mothers were there including about 20 of Mrs Rikers family. Without the actual personalized flag and certificate, I decided to make the presentation with a general flag and temporary certificate. All went well I think and she greatly appreciated the gift. Her actual flag will be presented at a future meeting of the American Gold Star Mothers. It was a great to get to know all of the other moms and hear the incredible stories of their sons. I am only recently finding out how dangerous the first three years of OIF was, 2003-06. many many precious lives lost, everyday I wish we could bring them back to the families that loved them.
Later in the day I connected with two dear friends from 30 years ago, who both live in the Nashville area. I will have a relaxing evening hanging out and catching up on old times. Also spending the night on a houseboat on Percy Priest lake.
Tomorrow: Speaking at Crossroads Church in Antioch, 9am hour.