We didn't really do anything today. I knew Kevin would sleep the bulk of the day so I took Rigney back to the airport by myself so that he could head back to Germany. Kevin really enjoyed having him here and I am so glad that Nate took the time to come.
I am also very glad that SSG Wilson and Sgt G (now civilian though) came. I only regret that I didn't get to spend any time with them, but Kevin did and that's more important. Here is a pic of the guys:
Tracy and her husband Jody came in and spent the day here with us. It was just a nice, relaxing time.
Ronnie also came in to visit Kevin on his lunch break from work. We sure love that boy!
And I did want to thank three more groups of people that were very important. There will be more, but I am too scatterbrained to think of everything at once, lol.
Anyway, I do want to thank the Patriot Guard and the Legion Riders (please excuse my ignorance if they are one and the same). It was so moving to have them take part in this ceremony (and in the parade too). I will say that as I came through the barrier the riders created on both nights, I felt so overwhelmed with thanks and I realized then the enormity of what had happened and how "big" it really is. Sounds strange, I know, but sometimes you are so busy living it, you just don't realize how unreal or how monumental it all is.
I also want to thank the Riverfest committee for allowing us to be part of the annual event. I know it added a lot more stress to the weekend, but we do appreciate it.
And to get to the photos - obviously I couldn't be taking any. I have a couple here, but a woman name Hallie sent me a link to her photos that she said I could share with everyone here. Thanks so much Hallie! They are awesome!
Click here to view them.
Here are two that I have:
If you read the comments on the blog, you may have heard of Howard the Duck. Here is a photo of him with Rick and Lorraine. Howard made Kevin smile many times throughout the last year.
I wish I had more photos...hopefully some more show up here, lol.
I do want to share the article in today's Post Gazette as well. You can view it by clicking here. Isn't that photo of Kevin and Breezy just so wonderful? (Rebecca - that totally makes up for the photos of me with a towel on my head, lol!!) There is also video of the ceremony that you can view by clicking here and more stories of other families that are going through similar situations.
And now I am going to answer two quick questions from comments that are a few days old.
Linda - I would love a copy of the Derrick if you still have it. I don't have access to that one at all.
Denver - you asked what I meant by Kevin's retirement...Kevin is still active-duty. I am working on getting him medically discharged, but it's quite the time consuming event apparently. I did research this extensively quite a while ago and because Kevin is basically in the VA system already, there is really just no reason to keep him active duty. I am sure there will be questions about this so y'all can just send them along.
And I think I am going to go eat two pieces of cake now (I can't decide between them so what the heck, right?). One from Joan, who makes the absolute best chocolate/peanut butter texas sheet cake and one from miss Patti who makes a white cake with raspberry filling that is utterly to die for! I am just so hungry!!
First 2 from the Nov kit!
6 months ago