June 14, 2010
Today is a very special day for many reasons. It is Flag day and the day we honor our American flag and all it means to us as Americans, its the 235th birthday of the US Army, recognizing this great institution and the amazing history of what this branch of our military embodies and third it is my wife’s birthday and I am reminded of the sacrifice she has made for this country and for me to be separated for months to embark on this historic mission.
The day began with a drive from CT to RI, about two hours. We arrived at our host’s home the Serios around 10am. After unwinding a few minutes Sharon took us over to the state capitol for a special flag ceremony and Military Community Covenant signing. There we met the RI Gov Donald Carcieri and he became the First governor to sign our pledge to make Honor and Remember their state symbol. Many military were in attendance, including Adjutant General Bray and many local officials.
Following, we drove to Bristol, RI where I spoke before the state veterans affairs committee at the Veteran’s Home. I was met with overwhelming support and they decided on the spot to include two flags for their upcoming 4th of July parade.
At 5:30 we had a special ceremony at the local National Guard armory. MG Bray spoke at the event and then I was able to share the vision of what we are trying to achieve. The most memorable part of the evening was two personalized flag presentations to Gold Star families. The August family in memory of CPT Matthew August ~ 27 Jan 2004 ~ Iraq and to Mrs. Doris Supranovic in tribute to her son, SP4 Joseph E. Cayer KIA in Korea 1968 . This was a very moving event attended by several RI Gold Star families. Donna and Dick August, Ed and Regina Roberts, Donna Coutu, Melissa and Ron Coutu, Elizabeth Iacovino, Sharon and Anthony Serio as well as invited others.
Immediately following we had dinner with John Powers from Operation Vets and Rep Karen MacBeth, district 52. Both were very gracious, understanding and supportive, John Promised to rally his national network around our cause and Rep MacBeth has promised to do what is necessary to get Honor and Remember legislation passed in RI!!!
Day 8 was in a word amazing.
Tomorrow: Flag presentation ceremony at the state house in Boston, 1:30 Nurses Hall.