We had all sent pictures in with our application as requested, and to our surprise an electronic presentation had been produced and was shown on the screen. Old WWII posters were included and they brought back forgotten memories. Naval Capt. Benedict, commander of our Naval Air Station, made a short and very apropos talk to the group. He impressed everyone! I noticed he had a purple heart ribbon with an oak leaf cluster, indicating he was wounded in combat. I am sure he is a great leader.
Sandy then introduced each of us to the crowd. Sandy did a great presentation as emcee. After she closed the meeting we all mingled as at any party and I got to know my sponsor, she was enthusiastic and friendly and was also looking forward to the flight. It was a day for making new friends.
I will tell you about the flight to D.C. in part two of this article.
William J. Kelly is a Weatherford resident and frequent contributor to Viewpoints.