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Old 03-14-2013, 02:57 PM
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The good news first. About 2 months ago my oldest daughter was asked to write a paper on what her country meant to her as part of a trip this summer to DC. Yesterday she came through the door and told us that because of her paper she was selected to be part of the wreath hanging ceremony at Arlington Cemetery with the Changing of the Guard. Being prior military myself, and from a long line of service men and women, the pride swelled till I felt like my chest was going to explode. What a proud and honorable thing to get to do.

The bad news is my gf and I will not be able to attend the Nationals this yr as we had planned. This would have been her first National. I have arranged a surprise trip to DC for her so we can go watch it in person instead of a recorded video. I am still going to try but the finances may not work out.

I just wanted to share my proud moment with the 54 family.
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EFF that "national" Dave (Single parent of one, (daughter)).
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In my world there is only one thing more important than this hobby. That's family. Congrats.
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Incredible! Please tell her thank you from this service member.

This experience is going to be much better than the Nationals.
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That's awesome Andrew! DC is great, I grew up there, so much history. Its a great experience to stand in the same spots on the same floors that Jefferson, Washington, etc stood. Don't miss the museum of natural history and the air & space museum.
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That's incredibly awesome! You have every right to be full of pride. This is a once-in-a-lifetime event. You can always do the National next year.
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Andrew,

That's a great story. I'm sure it will be a lasting memory for her. I've participated in several funerals at Arlington and it brings a tear every time I go out there.

I would say she could take a tour of the White House, but it might not be open

If you are able to make it out here, you could make it to the "Nationals", just go a couple miles north and you could take in a Washington Nationals game

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That's great news Andrew. Besides, there will be another National next year.
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Really, no bad news there!
Congrats to her and you!
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She is actually going with school. Neither her or her mom know yet that we are going to be there. I plan on surprising her mom with the tickets and then surprising her at Arlington. We unfortunately won't be able to hang out much with her.
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The good news first. About 2 months ago my oldest daughter was asked to write a paper on what her country meant to her as part of a trip this summer to DC. Yesterday she came through the door and told us that because of her paper she was selected to be part of the wreath hanging ceremony at Arlington Cemetery with the Changing of the Guard. Being prior military myself, and from a long line of service men and women, the pride swelled till I felt like my chest was going to explode. What a proud and honorable thing to get to do.

The bad news is my gf and I will not be able to attend the Nationals this yr as we had planned. This would have been her first National. I have arranged a surprise trip to DC for her so we can go watch it in person instead of a recorded video. I am still going to try but the finances may not work out.

I just wanted to share my proud moment with the 54 family.
Not bad news at all. There will be other Nationals...but this may very well be a once in a lifetime event. Having seen this ceremony many times, it never fails to fill me with utter pride to be an American and remember what my forefathers did to give me the life I have now.
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thats great news man! You must be so proud!
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Congrats Andrew. No worries on the National. There will always be more of those.

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This will be my 24th in a row but I would start a new streak next year if I was presented with the same opportunity. Great choice and congrats!
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Andrew

Congrats on your daughter's achievement!

Sorry to hear that you can't make the National.

Even though you will be in DC, you can still butt-dial me at 3 am in the morning like you did 2 years ago at the last Chicago National!


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I know that you are a mighty proud dad.
I'm glad to hear of this great honor.
The li'l one certainly deserves every accolade.
She has gone through so much for her years and continues to do so well.
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I know that you are a mighty proud dad.
I'm glad to hear of this great honor.
The li'l one certainly deserves every accolade.
She has gone through so much for her years and continues to do so well.
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Barry I actually have 3 daughters. 14, 7, and 5. The oldest is doing the wreath.

My youngest Kadence has leukemia and I am glad to report she is doing great. A few downs lately with colds and stuff but still doing well. She's a trooper and is making a strong recovery.
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The good news first. About 2 months ago my oldest daughter was asked to write a paper on what her country meant to her as part of a trip this summer to DC. Yesterday she came through the door and told us that because of her paper she was selected to be part of the wreath hanging ceremony at Arlington Cemetery with the Changing of the Guard. Being prior military myself, and from a long line of service men and women, the pride swelled till I felt like my chest was going to explode. What a proud and honorable thing to get to do.

The bad news is my gf and I will not be able to attend the Nationals this yr as we had planned. This would have been her first National. I have arranged a surprise trip to DC for her so we can go watch it in person instead of a recorded video. I am still going to try but the finances may not work out.

I just wanted to share my proud moment with the 54 family.
Congrats Andrew that is awesome !!!!! And, thank you for your service. I have a feeling that this will be way more of a special event for you & the family- the National will be there next year. You have alot to be proud of, thanks for sharing this story !!

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Andrew,
Great news about your daughter's achievement !!! We will miss you at the National, but we'll see you next year !!!
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Congrats to her! The heck with the National! It's overrated in my eyes anyway.
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Congratulations to your family. My family has also been able to love our children's achievements. So I can understand how proud you are. Relish it. And boast about it. Enjoy it. -The Tracey family.
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mighty happy to hear that Kadence is continuing to do well!
what a great family you have and an amazing trip ahead of you!
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Andrew, just another Net54 member supporting your decision (a no-brainer to me). Watching a well earned distinction like that is a once-in a life time event, the National will be back.

Congratulations on your daughters achievement.
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Andrew, just another Net54 member supporting your decision (a no-brainer to me). Watching a well earned distinction like that is a once-in a life time event, the National will be back.

Congratulations on your daughters achievement.
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Perfect decision.....there will be many more nationals....this is a once in a lifetime opportunity you can't miss...

btw....if it wasn't for our armed forces, who know's if there would even be a forum!!

I Love MY COUNTRY also....and really take my hat off to all that has served

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That's fantastic...any chance you'll post her paper here?
Going to get a copy of it and post it at the beginning. I will put a note on the thread title when I get it done
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She said she won't let me post her paper. I'm not sure if it will be published for the paper or not. Sorry guys. That's a teen for ya.
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Just had a chance to read of your oldest Daughter's good news. Great news !

Also, good to hear that Kadence is doing well.

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GOD BLESS you and your Family.

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