Great day as we started the morning at the Ryman Auditorium with a self guided tour. We went down on the stage to have our picture taken. I grabbed a guitar, started to strum it, and people up in the balcony started clapping. We started laughing but not I can say I played at the Ryman.

We left there and drove 2 hours into Kentucky so we could meet Wes and Lynn Kendall. Wes is a Vietnam veteran who painted the famous Vietnam wall painting. Flo and he had quite a connection and in 2014 she made him a quilt but we just couldn’t quite figure out how to get it to him. We met at the Cracker Barrel for lunch and were lucky enough to get a table in the corner and we enjoyed visiting. After lunch, Wes took us to town to see some of his paintings that he had done. I had already decided to award him his quilt in front of the Mural he helped paint. He was so surprised. Tears streamed down his face and his wife’s face. She kept saying to me, “You don’t know how much this means to him.” When they saw his print on the quilt, they were both in shock. We told them how Flo and Jan worked to get it printed. The kept telling us thank you and giving us hugs. For Flo, I think it closes another chapter but she truly wanted to thank Wes for what his painting meant to her and Johnny.

On our way to Kentucky from Nashville, we did get lucky enough to find a few barns with quilt blocks on them. I braked and pulled over so we could get pictures. We drove 2 hours back to Nashville and decided we would go see the Grand Ole Opry Hotel until we saw $24 for parking.

We had a great day and I know we all felt great that we could honor Wes. We have such a great job honoring our combat veterans.

We leave in the morning for Alabama to start my reunion – so looking forward to that.

Stay tuned….. and God Bless,
Gail