Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Yountville Veteran's Home Flag Day Celebration

On Saturday, I joined 7 other titleholders for the Yountville Flag Day celebration at the Yountville Veteran's Home. It's located in Napa County on 500 acres! It's gorgeous over there and the veterans were super sweet! It was my first time signing autographs. It's still hard to believe that someone would want my autograph, but they did! After signing some autographs and talking with the veterans, we were called up to the stage to watch the presentation of the flags. Miss North Coast sang a beautiful rendition of the national anthem. My two favorite parts from the ceremony, besides learning about the history of the American flag, was signing "God Bless America" as a crowd, and the reading of an extremely powerful poem about the American flag. It was beautiful. 

After the ceremony, we took some pictures and I was able to help a woman take a picture for her son. I held the United States Air Force flag so she could send it to him, as he served in that branch of the military. We took our autograph cards and got into the line for lunch, talking to many veterans on the way. The veterans were so sweet to us! The lunch was fantastic. I had a cheeseburger, chili, pasta salad, and a slice of watermelon. I even had the opportunity to join some of the veterans for lunch after they invited me to sit with them. It was a great experience overall, and one of my favorite appearances yet!

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