Sunday, August 29th, 2010
I am back home. All of the pictures and videos have been uploaded. What an amazing 2 days.
Being in the presence of heroes leaves me awe-struck. I am so fortunate to have met so many amazing people these last two days.
From taking my first train ride on Amtrak, to attending my first, 1st infantry Division Reunion, it’s been a weekend that’s gone by at lightening speed. Thanks to my job for letting me have a couple of days off so I could take the trip for this special occasion.
And so this Reunion comes to a close and I travel back today (Sunday). I have so many pictures and videos yet to process when I get home. There is so much to say and describe, I’ll have to put it all in order when I get home.
It felt somewhat strange me getting to be in the midst of all these heroes. I met some awfully nice and brave individuals. I saw people who had been friends for 40 years, talk about each other like they were true and life-long friends. You don’t see these kinds of images every day. It was remarkable.
We talked and honored the 13,000 members of the Big Red One that died serving their country. We learned they didn’t “give thier lives” for their country, rather, combat tore life from them.
I saw troops that had just come home from the middle east. I saw troops who were going to go back. I saw courage.
Thanks to all of my BROthers from the Big Red One. Thanks to the Society of the First Infantry Division. Mostly, thanks to the current, active troops of the First Infantry Division for letting me sleep sound tonight. I’m honored to have met you all.
Observation Deck on Amtrak
Heading to San Antonio to my 1st Infantry Division Reunion.
I have had such a blast so far, and i can’t wait to get over to the Crown Plaza Hotel this morning and mingle with my old unit.
So much to write about, will have to put that on the back-burner for now as I get ready to head out.
What an awesome artist. RIP Stevie…
I am pretty humbled to be recognized as a friend of Rick Chandler of the NBC Blog called Out of Bounds.
Not only is my friend Lew Patton a Dallas Cowboys follower, but he’s also a fan of Presidential press secretaries. So it was no wonder he came across this late Wednesday; proof positive that the White House is not only concerned with oil spills and unemployment figures.
That was fun Rick, and thanks for the props!!
Morning Tweet: Hail to the Cowboys? (Out of Bounds)
It seems that the immortal Tom Landry will be honored this fall at the State Fair of Texas.
A display featuring private memorabilia from legendary Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry will complement an exhibit celebrating a century of North Texas football when the State Fair of Texas opens next month.
Alicia Landry, the iconic coach’s widow, will provide most of the items from her private collection – much of which has never been seen in public before. It will include championship game balls, trophies and one of the coach’s trademark felt fedoras.
For those of you who dopn’t remember Tom Landry, I can not think of any person that was a better example of a great man and great coach.
From Out of Bounds
By Rick Chandler
Well, he’s already wearing purple spandex, so he might as well be a soprano. The place is Malaga, Spain, and this time, instead of a matador getting the business end of the horn, it’s the person called the banderiller, whose job it is to weaken the bull’s neck and shoulder muscles with pointed sticks, known as banderillas. Pedro Muriel feels what happens when the tables are turned. I haven’t seen a shot this accurate since Luke blew up the Death Star.
It’s just one of the recent bull attacks in Spain, following Catalonia’s decision to ban the controversial ritual in their area.
Um, if these guys are supposed to be so brave, how did the bull get presented with this target?
The state of Texas is right on the verge of a seasonal change. I can feel it in the air, and there are several indications as to why I know summer is about to end.
The Cowboys are in the pre-season, the Rangers are in the last 1/3 of their season (and still in first place I might add), Wal-Mart is advertising back-to-school and tax-free weekends. Yeah, it’s all shaping up to be a great seasonal change. I took the garbage out earlier and it didn’t feel like I was walking into an oven when I stepped outside. The Grand Prairie AirHogs’ season has a week left on it. So long to all of my friends at QuickTrip Park, and I mean that.
This upcoming week, my old Army unit will be congregating in San Antonio for an Army Reunion. The First Infantry Division will be gathering by the river to welcome back troops that served in that glorious unit. I’m looking forward to it.
Then, in early September, I will be going to my home town to my high school reunion. Hooo Boy. Supposed to be the “greatest reunion in the history of Sweetwater Texas!” Hoooochie momma!!!!
I have to get ready for fall classes. Hope I can afford the books.
There’s one other sign that the seasons are changing here in Texas. High school football starts this week. Looking forward to reuniting with everything that brings fall weather again.
This weekend has been one for the records. It’s pretty much been a military weekend and I have really been amazed at seeing what I have seen the last two days.
My employer, Bank of America, scheduled a volunteer day to go out to DFW Airport and welcome home troops coming home from Afghanistan. Wow, was that exciting to be able to welcome such brave soldiers home. Wow.