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Archive for May 1st, 2022

What a beautiful Saturday to spend honoring our Fallen and Veterans with a ceremony held in the Ione Veterans Memorial Park. There were flags everywhere and a huge flag over Main Street and the Memorial Park.  Today was the 10th annual Walk for the Troops.  It was started by Robyn Ornsby who lost her son in 2007.  What a great honor to be a part of such a patriotic honoring event.  The town of Ione has a spirit that is true American.  The Boy Scouts raised the flag, they sang the National Anthem, had a 21-gun salute and Taps and ended with bagpipes playing Amazing Grace.

Then began the Parade.  Must have been 200 bikes roaring their engines leading the parade.  Behind them came these beautiful horses all dressed in patriotic outfits.  I don’t believe I have ever seen such beauty.  As we waited to start our turn, we were standing under the largest Flag held from a fire truck (no phone to take a picture).  I was walking with the Honor Guard which was behind the Sheriff’s Honor Guard.  So here was the problem – I am the last one in line, my legs being a little short,  I think I was running after them all the way up the hill.  There was no way I wasn’t going to keep up.  Boy, did I huff and puff.  As we got to the end of the parade, there was the line-up of horses and all the bikers saluting us.  I felt so honored.  The QOH crew started their walk together behind us.  It was quite a walk but we did it.

When we got to the event, we found our table and could hardly wait to have BBQ.  It smelled so good.  We asked Roberta Taylor, a Gold Star Mom, to join us.  They called us first to eat.  We had barely sat down when the crew got to go their food and came back to the table when we had to start giving quilts.  We all left our plates to do our thing.

First veteran, Jake, said “you are going to make me cry.”  Everyone we gave quilts to were so surprised and had never heard of Quilts of Honor.  I got quite a few hugs and the crew did too.  We all got our pictures taken with Patrick who has a grandmother who is 99 years old an Army Nurse in WWII, another quilt.

Flo and Willene won raffle prizes.  Flo’s was a wooden bar we needed help to carry.  Ralph, a Vietnam veteran, got nominated by his wife.  As we were walking to the car I am drilling him on his service.  So guess what.  Out came a quilt for him.

I really want to thank the QOH crew, Debbie, Flo, Diana, Judy, Willene and Jan.  We all enjoyed our day together and met many new people.  We thank Robyn for letting us be a part of such a great event.

God’s blessing
Gail

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