Nothing new from my daughter’s in Bethesda today. Ali called us last night and told us that Sam’s heart rate went up to 200 yesterday but the doctors were able to get it back down to normal without any further complication.
I wanted to talk a little about the first picture in this blog of Sam in uniform surrounded by the roses and the one I’ve added today. The pictures were taken at the Vietnam Veteran’s memorial in downtown Sacramento in, I believe May of 2005. The event was the “Reading of the Names” in which the names of all California veterans killed in the Vietnam conflict are read out loud. In this picture, Sam is standing by my wife who is a volunteer for “Bugles Across America.org” which is a group of volunteers who play taps at the grave sites and funerals for our veterans. When my wife told Sam she was playing taps for this event, he wanted to go to help honor those men who gave their lives for their country in a previous war. He not only wanted to go, but he wanted to go in his uniform so that he would honor the Marines properly. I remember most of the Vietnam veterans came up to Sam and shook his hand and thanked him for his service to our country. It was very touching seeing many very rough looking men who rode in on Harley Davidson motorcycles hugging Sam and wiping tears from their eyes.