It was our biggest Memorial Day rally ever. Huge turnout, many families. We held signs remembering friends and loved ones who gave their all to protect and defend us and our way of life.
The highlight was a visit from Billy Mowers, active duty Army. He’s home on leave for a couple days from Iraq where he’s been flying his Apache Helicopter everyday, providing close-air support for all the supply and fuel trucks coming and going from his camp. We were honored and thrilled to be able to shake his hand, thank him, and give him all the support he can use as he returns to Iraq to finish his final 6 months in Iraq.
Billy is a Warrant Officer (CW2) and he surprised us with a special gift and certificate. He gave us a US Flag that had flown in his helicopter in Iraq . The certificate read:
Certificate of Appreciation
On April 1st, 2011, this American Flag was flown for 6 hours in combat over Iraq inside AH-64D Attack Helicopter tail number 85062 by CW2 William Mowers and CW2 Brendon McNamara. It is given in appreciation for your support of the troops and your patriotism.
Signed by CW2 William Mowers and CW2 Brendon McNamara
This gesture means so much to us, that these soldiers, busy saving the world, would take the time and effort to prepare a certificate with a flag for us. Its a priceless gift and we are honored and grateful to receive it. Thank you Billy and Brendon, you are the best. We will cherish it always.
We stand for one-hour every Saturday with our signs and flags forming a human wall of red, white, and blue along the sidewalks of this historic corner in West Chester. At the end we gather together to sing the National Anthem and say the Lord’s Prayer for our troops and their families. This week we were honored to have Billy Mowers come to the front and hold the flag for us.
This young patriot led us in singing “Grand Ole Flag”, it was terrific!
It was an outstanding day, many newcomers and friends we haven’t seen in a while. Several passerbys pointed to our signs with the names we were remembering and said, “I knew him, he was my neighbor” or “I went to school with him”.
We were thrilled to have Billy with us. You can see the pride and joy in his parents faces (Bill and Kay) and his neices Sidney and Sam. They all came to dinner at Limoncellos the night before, that’s Billy’s wife Katy. We will keep Billy and all his buddies in our thoughts and pray for his protection and success as he continues to represent and defend the United States of America and protect our families and our freedoms.