Up and out early this morning as I made the trip to Bluffton, SC to be present at the Sun City Veterans Association, (SCVA) Veterans Day Service at 1000hrs. I have grown to know some of the members, especially Cdr. Jim Quirk and his wife, Cheryl. The SCVA has donated over 200 US Flags to our very popular “Tattered Flag Program” and Jim and Cheryl have made two visits to Aiken, delivering the flags. Jim invited me down and it was a great honor to be among close to 800 proud Americans who came out to pay tribute to our warriors under bright, sunny skies.
Among the highlights were:
The keynote speaker was Lt. Col. John M. Scanlan, USMC, ret., who provided a motivating and entertaining story that kept you on the edge of your seat….as he literally fell off the edge of his, (It was planned, but you had to be there).
Children from the nearby Cross School sang a song entitled, “Thank you, Soldiers” and I doubt there was a dry eye in the crowd. They were just magnificent.
The hour long event closed with the Sun City Singers performing “Say A Prayer For Our Troops Over There” and then we all joined in singing “God Bless America”.
After it was over, I spent some time chatting with some attendees and then got in the truck and headed South to Clearwater, FL, where I am now. Tomorrow morning, I will be participating in the ceremonial scattering of the cremated remains of several individuals in the Gulf of Mexico with my mentor and friend, Jim Rudolph, founder of Veterans Funeral Care.
There aren’t too many things that I would rather do than hang around with Veterans…especially those that love to tell stories. It was a great day and I would like to thank Paul Kitchens and Debbie Hobbs, both of whom work with me, for attending the Veterans Day Memorial Service in Aiken, representing our two funeral homes.