“Main Street Flag Retreat” by Tim Devine
On July 16, 2007, my grandfather was chosen to be the Veteran of the Day for the Main Street Flag Retreat. Having served in the Army Air Corps a long time ago, and being one of the most patriotic persons I have ever known, I was thrilled to have been able to make this happen for him. We didn’t tell him about it until the very last minute and when he “got” the surprise, you could see him well up with emotion and and a joy that I hadn’t seen in him in years. It truly made for one of the most magical moments we had ever experienced and it is a memory that I will never forget. Sharing in this wonderful moment with my grandfather were my wife, son (then 17 months ago), and my mother. There was not a dry eye to be seen in our family during this wonderful event. If you ever have a chance to do something like this for one of YOUR loved ones, DO IT!