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Special Day at Arlington

We began our morning with homemade biscuits.  Boy, was I thankful for those biscuits after we got to Arlington.  It was cold and those biscuits stuck to my ribs and helped.  We got to Arlington in time to pick up Annmarie, Uniting US, to spend the morning with us.  It was so beautiful up on top of the hill at the Tanner Amphitheater.  The flags were flying in the wind.  It is such a sacred place and then to be able to play on such a special day – 100 years of the Tomb.  All the buglers were dressed to play.  There were lots of different horns, every color and size.  We played great.  Most everyone had tears in their eyes.  I was proud to be a part of Taps for Veterans.   Jari did an awesome job for us all.

When we finished we walked up on the stage to award Gavin, Sentinel Honor Society President and Army Veteran, his quilt.  What a great place to award a quilt.  I sent Flo to the car for a quilt to present to Angelo, an Air Force veteran and bugler.  We surprised her and she cried.  It was great as her family looked on.

We finally headed to the car.  We had parked next to the Gold Star National President.  She got out of the car and was asking Annmarie for directions when we found out the two Gold Star moms in the back seat were veterans.  We asked the ladies to step out of the car.  We had two extra quilts left in the car.  We grabbed both of them and I went to both ladies, shook their hands, and thanked them for their service.  They both were so surprised we could thank them for their service which no one had ever done.  For those of you who do not know, Gold Star means you have lost a son or daughter who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country.  What an honor to give them a quilt for their service to our country.  They sacrificed so much.  We are always in the right place at the right time and I am so thankful for the blessings we can give to those so deserving.

It was such an honorable day.  Over 50 Buglers played the most special 24 notes at the most sacred military cemetery in our land.  Then to honor some of our veterans – our hearts feel so good.

We finished our evening with Jeannine fixing dinner but you will never guess what it was – tuna with biscuits.  Ha, you know I wasn’t going there and thank god Jeannine knows me and I got leftover lasagna.  I was a happy camper.  Tomorrow we think and hope for a day off.

Stay tuned . . . . . . . . . .

God’s blessings,
Gail

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