THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH. Here is
the email I sent out to the
First things first. I have a
whole lot of people to thank for
making things happen and so
My thanks, my son's and his kids'
thanks go out to:
Ohio Patriot Guard and
Asst. State Captain Mike
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
Hoke, WSU Materials
Management - got me in
contact with people
Services - Patrick
Bruchs, Dan Cassabon and
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 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
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
Oh, what a night!!!!!
THANK YOU, ALL!!!