Wow. Lots of pictures. Lots of links. I wanted to share with y'all all of the newscasts and links and articles and things that that have been sent to me. If I have missed anything, please feel free to let me know (either through the blog comments or via email - on the right somewhere).
WTSP News Video
ABC News Video
Bay News 9 Article
Bay News 9 Video
Tampa Tribune Article 1
Ok - I apologize if any of these are redundant. I started it a while ago and since then had to run to the airport and pick Breezy and Chris up.
And now here are a ton of photos of yesterday. There are so many, but I narrowed it down to give you guys a nice rounding of events.
This is Mike from Operation American Pride. He was in charge of this whole welcome and he also raised the money for Kevin's iPad. Thank you so much, Mike!
A couple of these photos have a woman handing Kevin a flag. This is a special flag that was flown at Ground Zero and if I am not mistaken Kevin is the first wounded soldier to have the honor of 'holding onto it' for a few weeks. It was presented to him from the new Chief of Staff at the VA hospital here in Tampa.
This was truly an amazing event - ranking right up there with his Purple Heart Ceremony in East Brady!
And it was so nice to meet some of our neighbors! We haven't ever really had a chance to meet many of them before now (who am I kidding - most of these homes weren't even built when we left, lol), but it's really great talking to folks.
But now - it's time to get things taken care of here. Like that sprinkler system that isn't working on one side of the house and the ice maker that doesn't really like to make ice and all those other stupid little things that need taken care of. It's just so hard to do these kinds of things when you are so far away...
But before I go, once again - A HUGE THANK YOU to all of the folks that made yesterday a special day. Apparently even the folks at Southwest Airlines knew of this because they boarded him first and made everyone else wait until the was completely settled (even though he was at the end of the handicapped line) and they announced it in-flight that he was a wounded hero and the stewardess doted on him the whole time. She knew his name and story before we even boarded.
We also had some members of the police escorting us at times and stopping traffic for the procession. When we got close to the house, there were also people standing in the middle lanes of the roads with banners and signs.
Kevin just grinned all night from ear to ear!
First 2 from the Nov kit!
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