Monday, June 3, 2013

Hero Tour: A Veterans Virtual Tour of the 9/11 Memorial

May 27, 2013 ~ I had the honor to be a part of another awesome Virtual Veterans Tour except this time wouldn't be with our World War II heroes. This time would be slightly different and one that I would understand more about because this tour would be to visit the 9/11 Memorial. Something I have never seen until today.

This unique experience with our younger generation of retired, active duty and veteran military men and women would be one I won't forget. In this hangout that was hosted by Veterans United, Veterans Virtual Tours and Google would be filled mostly of men who have served our country proudly and honorably. Remember I said mostly, there was one woman, Captain Kristen Franke who is an active duty Air Force T-1 Instructor pilot who was a part of this special tour. It was great to have her in this Hero Tour along with her brother Corporal Steven Franke.

It was truly amazing to hear these guys speak and learn so much history about a memorial I really didn't know that much about. I now want to see this memorial now more than ever as I means so much more to me since I have seen it with some incredible people. Hearing the thought process behind creating this memorial as well as making sure this was a wonderful tribute to those that were taken from us much too soon.

Please take a few minutes to watch the recap video from this morning....
which is only a few minutes long but one that is perfect to describe this memorial and those who have served our country with pride.

Huge thank you to Lt. Col. Adolfo Garcia (USMC), Lt. Col. Justin Constantine (USMC), Captain Kristen Franke (Air Force), Jack Tilley (12th Sergeant Major of Army), Corporal John McClellan (USMC), Corporal Steven Franke (USMC) and Charles Wolf (who lost his wife, Kathrine Susan Wolf in the World Trade Center). Thank you all for your service to our country and for being with us on this Memorial Day! What an honor to be with you guys!

 A very special thank you to the following folks that made this day and Hero Tour possible:  Sarah Hill (Veterans United), Joe Daniels (9/11 Memorial President), Michael Frazier (9/11 Memorial VP of Communications), Chad LaFarge (Awesome Dude), Dani Wexelman (Veterans United), Eric Blumberg (Veterans United), Bruce Garber (Virtual Photo Walks) & John Butterill (Virtual Photo Walks) I am very proud of our team for putting this Hero Tour together.....Great job team!

If you want to watch the full video from this day you can click on this YouTube link below. I do realize it's a little over an hour long but it's truly worth the time it takes to watch and you will be glad you did! Gives you a great knowledge of this memorial and what it means to so many.

Thank you to all of our military men and women for all you have done and continue to do. I do realize that freedom isn't free and I appreciate each of you!

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