What a whirlwind we have experienced the past several days! It's been fun though. Last week we traveled to Knoxville, TN. for the Congressional Medal of Honor convention/celebration. As a result, this week I'm playing catch up on the farm. That being said, it was a better time to travel because produce production is beginning to wind down so it shouldn't take too long to get caught up. Next week I will share more news about the farm and everything going on here.
Some of you might be a little confused as to why we were so honored and allowed to attend such an incredible event. When Craig was on active duty while we were living in San Antonio, he had the wonderful privilege as liaison for SOCOM (Special Operations Command) to work with wounded coming back from the war. One of the men he had under his care was Medal of Honor recipient Leroy Petry. Leroy became one of "Coker's kids" and a special bond was formed with him as well as numerous others Craig took under his wing. As the president of the Medal of Honor society, Leroy really wanted us to be there last week as part of his family. Such an honor!
The week was full with lavish dinners and all kinds of fun and exciting tours including a trip to Oakridge, TN. for a behind the scenes tour of the Manhattan Project, (so amazing and incredible!!!), a trip to Dollywood, and a personal tour of Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. We are still trying to come down from the high of an amazing occasion. The best privilege was spending time with so many Medal of Honor recipients and their families learning of their stories. The word "hero" is tossed around so flippantly these days. We love to honor celebrities in Hollywood or athletes for their many talents and work they do. (and that's okay, there's nothing wrong with that) However, we don't want to forget to remember and honor the real heroes of this Nation, the people who sacrificed so much for the freedoms we enjoy and take for granted.
Lest we forget that "All gave some, some gave all."