It has been quite the whirlwind since I wrote last.
Things were getting chaotic between last minute items for Dad’s service, trying to complete work I had committed to and just trying to stay on track with everything else I’ve committed to. So what did I do, I buckled down and went golfing 🙂
Yep, Tuesday I played golf with the Veteran golfing group. They play twice per week and I try and join them once every couple months and since they were playing just a couple minutes from the house I was working on, I joined them. It was a great day. Perfect weather, nice course and great company!
Got some work done after that and then went to pool league. Although my pool team was formed with no intentions of being competitive and just focused on the guys spending some quality time together, guys will be guys and they are quickly becoming competitive. We did great this past week. I’m interested to see how we will do.
After getting some work done on Wednesday I went to golf league and played the best round I have played in years. This was the last week of regular season so it should definitely secure us a good spot in the playoffs which begin this week.
Thursday morning I ran around getting all of the last minute items taken care of before Dad’s service. The Marine Corps League chaplain and honor guard unit conducted the service and did an incredible job. It was very emotional but an awesome recognition of my dad and so much of what he accomplished. I really enjoyed the many stories from so many different people.
Friday and Saturday were all work before heading out early Sunday morning to drive the Purple Heart Truck to the National Marine Corps Museum where we set up and greeted visitors all day. I met and spoke to so many Marines and veterans but the highlights were a group of young Marines at the end of Marine Security Guard training who were all getting ready to head out to some of the coolest places all over the world to complete their tours of embassy guard duty, a 96 year old Marine who served in WWII, Korean War and Vietnam wars who was there to have lunch with is 100 year old friend who is also a Marine who served in all three of them as well. It’s hard to explain just how it feels to be around and visit with folks like these.
Sunday night we took the Purple Heart Truck and parked it at the International Country Club in Fairfax, checked into our hotel and went and had dinner. Yesterday morning we got to the course early, set it all up and greeted participants in the National Purple Heart Foundation’s golf tournament. Again, meeting some of the greatest people you could ever talk to. Veterans, volunteers, supporters and Purple Heart recipients. We had a blast playing the in tournament, the course was in great shape, one of our players almost won a $5000 putting contest, Marines were there to present the colors, we got to hear a super talented drummer and the speaker at dinner was a young double amputee, Purple Heart recipient with very motivating messages.
I hope I can fill every week this summer with as much as I did this past week!