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THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH. Here is the
email I sent out to the university
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:
Ohio Patriot Guard and Asst.
State Captain Mike Hamilton,
terminal Welcome and
motorcade escort home
American Legion and others
who showed up to welcome him
home (I don't know everyone's
name who did come)
Hoke, WSU Materials
Management - got me in
contact with people
Services - Patrick Bruchs,
Dan Cassabon and Marilyn
Long, Operations Coordinator,
SU Events Services - provided
and delivered a REALLY nice
of David's well-wishers
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
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
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!!!