Day 42 – Waterloo, IA

July 18, 2010  Sunday

Today and for the weekend we rest at the home of Ron and Carolyn Sandkamp. They are the parents of an army major who was Tony’s boss when deployed in 2005 and graciously invited us to stay with them in Waterloo . We will be reorganizing the RV, give it a bath and prepare for a long week ahead. Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota.

Sometimes as miles and days string together I feel very alone. This mission is all consuming and I wonder how many can truly relate to its enormity or the depths of its importance. I have this driving passion inside me that presses me forward but each stage seems to be getting more and more difficult. I question its value continuously and I try not to look too far ahead at what is yet to come. The demands are far more than I could have anticipated. Over 8,000 miles and 23 states behind me. Everyday having to wear my emotions on my sleeve.  Hoping and praying for that big leap in awareness, that hasn’t come. Hoping and praying that the much needed resources come thru. Hoping and praying I have the physical and emotional strength to drive the miles and share the message one more day. I suspect it is like any war or campaign that must be won by fighting single battles at a time. As you have read, the endorsements have been overwhelming, however there needs to be more.

This is no longer my flag but “Ours”. I need all of the encouragement, prayers, physical and financial assistance you can give. There is so much more to be done and my small team back home are overwhelmed each day trying to keep ahead of me. If you can help with anything in the states ahead of please write to I will be traveling thru 27 more states from Wisconsin west to California and then east across the lower half of the US ending in Arlington Cemetery on Nov 11th.

I have left great people back home and I miss them. In each city I meet and leave a growing number of additional friends. In the midst of the mission and all of the amazing people, I don’t know if you can understand, it is still a lonely mission. I thank all of you who are taking up the challenge in your areas to sustain the momentum. Please pray with me for continuous favor, strength, perseverance and resources. Sorry for the rambling and the seemingly depressing rant, wonderful and amazing things have been and are happening. Once in a while I just need to express some emotional wrestling.

Tomorrow: 3 hour drive to Des Moines, 5 hour Drive to Madison. Join us.

Blessings, George

2 thoughts on “Day 42 – Waterloo, IA”

  1. George,
    Although “many” may not be able to grasp it’s “enormity or the depth of it’s importance,” please know that the value of what you are doing has never come at a better time for me to witness and to take part in. The core of why you are doing this is for your Tony. For me, it’s extremely personal; you are doing it for my David, my husband, my daughter’s daddy. I may even be as bold as to speculate that for others, you have set this mission specifically for the fallen soldier who belongs to various Gold Star families across the nation. The “depth and enormity” of my gratitude for the Honor and Remember Mission is second only to one…

    God Bless

  2. Good Morning George!!! As I read this post. I realized that I cannot even imagine the strength it is taking for you to complete this mission!!! I want you to know that you are doing a great job and I truly do admire your courage and determination to keep pressing forward. It is men like you who believe in themselves and their cause that helps make this a great country! As always, I will do what I can from here back home, I am only a phone call away and I stand by and am read to assist in any way that I can.

    God Bless and Love,


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