It was a great event!
A huge THANK YOU to Eric and Greg. Their friends and family. It was a pleasure being with so many wonderful people.
You guys got some excellent photos. When I recover I will put up the pics I have. Until then I'd like to share some of the things I experienced over the past weekend.
-Not ONE complaint was brought to my attention dispite the weather and other issues we encountered. Everyone worked together perfectly.
-Beautiful boats and equiptment galore showing up before dawn
-got chills when we drove by all the boats on the lake with flags flying
-got a private lesson from Yaz on throwing the cast net
-hearing "Fish On" over the radio and knowing some vet was fighting a fish
-watching volunteers go at it...Jimmy launching boats, Brent and Jeff on the grill, Junior and George on the fryer, Debbie and Carol on foodservice...wow!
-Dee says a prayer better than most priests
-I saw a lot of watery eyes when Greg spoke to everyone
-met Troy's "Greendog" family...his parents fried up some hush puppies that were "all the talk"
-Tuna's crew made him jump in since he didn't catch any fish
-shared a beer with Tim Hudson and Tag Nobbe...and Jeff Wilson owes me 2 beers.
-learned to stay off the grass...ouchey
But there were two things that meant the most to me. I was fortunate enough to shake the hand of each serviceman, look them in the eye, and tell them thanks for their sacrifice.
Also, we made our 17 year old daughter Alesia come with us instead of staying with friends. She made the best of it, helping out and having fun talking to everyone. She offered to help a man with no legs as he went through the serving line. He was reluctant to accept the help. She rebutted with a smile " do you know how bad I'll feel if you were to drop your plate and I didn't get to help?" He couldn't resist. On his second trip through the food line he reached in his pocket and handed her a beautiful coin. Not sure exactly what he said, but she gets teary eyed just showing people the coin. Something she will never forget.