My son and I spent the morning hanging flags along the street in downtown Gilbert, then had the opportunity to spend some time with a couple World War II Veterans. We had an unforgettable Veterans Day and can’t wait to volunteer again next year.
I became a member of The American Legion, Post 39 in Gilbert, Arizona this past year and in the course of several short months, I’ve grown quite fond of the patrons, staff and management. I stop by randomly here and there, last month I popped in and was asked if I could help with the flags again. I’d rather them just tell me to show up than ask, honestly. It’s always been an honor to help out there. My oldest son & I got up around 3:30am this past Veteran’s Day, headed up to Gilbert to put a little work in and then have some fun.
We finished up with the flags before 6:00am, which gave us an opportunity to head home and get whatever done. We made our way back to the Post around noon and the place was packed. They had free grilled hamburgers and hotdogs for the members, folks brought stuff in and in all, it was a great time. But the highlight of the day was getting to shake the hands of the WWII Veterans who showed up. These gentlemen were in the best of spirits, hung out and at the end of the day, ‘were just one of the guys’.
There were a number of folks who came out this Veteran’s Day! In all, the volunteers put several hundred American flags up along Gilbert Road in Downtown Gilbert. Then for the next few days everyone complains how bad their legs hurt. It was awesome to be a part of, we look forward to helping out and then hanging out listening to these folks. I genuinely wish everyone had that opportunity.
Just glad I decided to bring my camera and equipment and able to capture some awesome memories. So I put a little video together in hopes of summarizing the day, but nothing really could have.
It surely was a Veteran’s Day to remember!