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10/24/2011

THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH. Here is the email I sent out to the university
today.

First things first. I have a whole lot of people to thank for making things happen and so quickly.

My thanks, my son's and his kids' thanks go out to:

  • The Ohio Patriot Guard and Asst. State Captain Mike Hamilton, Airport
    terminal Welcome and motorcade escort home
  • Tipp American Legion and others who showed up to welcome him home (I don't know everyone's name who did come)
  • Shannon Hoke, WSU Materials Management - got me in contact with people
  • Printing Services - Patrick Bruchs, Dan Cassabon and Marilyn Broadwater
  • Aaron Long, Operations Coordinator, SU Events Services - provided and delivered a REALLY nice dinette set
  • All of David's well-wishers
  • Anyone I missed - I apologize!

The Ohio Patriot Guard was at the airport when my grandkids and I got there.
The security man, Russ, escorted the gkids and me to the gate area where David would arrive. We got there with 30 seconds to spare which gave us time to open the fab banner Printing made us.

My son was talking to an airman who was returning on the same flight and he looked up and then did a double take. He rolled his eyes (as I expected) and he smiled his little crooked smile when he's trying to play it cool. He said he was telling the airman that his mom had pulled a "Donna Maas" on him.

So he entered to his kids smiling faces and some other passengers clapping. He hugged the kids and shook hands all around.

Now, remember - he knew nothing about what was going on. So he figured
things were pretty much done.

However, as we turned the corner to enter the terminal area, he saw the double row of the Ohio Patriot Guard lined up waiting for him to pass through to their applause and that of his unit who had returned last week. Needless to say, he was very surprised and as it turns out, very pleased.

While we waited for his luggage and locked down gun (boy, that makes it real), one of the OPG took pictures of the members and my son with his kids and the banner and more pics with the other returning soldiers.

Then we were escorted by the Ohio PG unit with motorcycle lights flashing and flags flying to my son's home. Some of his neighbors came out because I'm sure they thought Englewood, Ohio, was being invaded.

Oh, what a night!!!!!

THANK YOU, ALL!!!

Donna

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