In beautiful downtown West Chester, 15 blocks were closed in order to celebrate “Super Sunday”. The streets were turned into a giant boardwalk without the surf. It’s a great time to walk around, eat some delicious food and meet old friends and new. I met several military families.
Below is an Army mom named Susan and her brother Joe, who is a veteran and visiting from Alaska. Susan’s son Stephen is in Iraq with the PA National Guard Unit (the 57th Stryker Brigade). This is Stephen’s 2nd tour in Iraq. Susan is great, like all military mom’s she’s worried, but very proud. She told me that he turned 19 and 23 in Iraq. I told her that another mother from the 57th Stryker Brigade (Mary Lou) comes to all our “Salute The Troops” rallies on Saturdays.
Dick and Joyce, Dick is a Vietnam Veteran (Welcome Home!) and their son is in the service awaiting orders.
This young man is Garrett, he graduated from Southern Fulton High School (in the western part of PA) and just moved to West Chester. He told me he’s going to join the Army when he turns 18, which is in 3 days (Jun 9th). He’s a great guy and one of America’s finest patriots.
Here’s Marine Mom Patty, her son Jeremiah is currently stationed in at the Marine Air Base in Beaufort, SC. He’s almost finished his 5-year active duty commitment. He’s an Iraq combat veteran. When Jeremiah gets out (on July 1st, 2009) he’s going to music school in Orlando, Florida. Patty told me, “Jeremiah has always wanted to be a music producer and now his dream is coming true. He’s going to use his GI Bill, and his school will all be paid for! It’s a two-year program and he’s thrilled.” I told Patty to make sure he visits us at our “Support the Troops” rally some Saturday – we’d love to meet him, shake his hand, and thank him for the noble job he did.
Air Force Veteran Dee with her daughter Carrie, and 4 grandkids.
Marine Iraq war veteran, Gunny Jenkins, USMC Reserves, and Paula.
Bono was there!
(actually he looks just like Bono, and was kind enough to let me that this picture of him and his girlfriend. I forget his name but he did say he lives in West Chester)
Rich with Frank, our WWII Veteran.
Here’s a police bicycle parked in bike rack. Notice what he used to lock to the rack (handcuffs – love it).
And finally, here’s a couple. No, they aren’t arguing, they’re dancing to “Brick House”!
This guy was the most popular person there, all kinds of people kept coming up to him and touching him and telling him how cute he was, especially the ladies. I think his smiling owner (with the red cap) enjoyed the attention too. The puppy is a Sharpei, 6-weeks old.
All in all, it was a great day in downtown West Chester. They will have more similar events throughout the summer (first Thursday of every month), Restuarant Sunday, etc. So come on out and maybe I’ll see you on the “boardwalk”. Thanks always to all our military families, they also serve.