Meeting with the Secret Service

No big deal,or anything, but nothing puts a reality check on an experience quite like a meeting with the Secret Service!

The meeting was primarily to cover logistics. Where to be, what time, who our civilian and military contacts were, who our military escort will be. The meeting was also inspiring. Organizers reminded us that 2,807 applications were received to be in the inaugural parade. Regardless the outcome of the election, the parade would happen and organizers have been planning for months. Like clockwork every few years the military branches in essence deploy an entire call of duty of service for our active members of the armed services! 55 entries were selected (or invited like in our case) with a parade,roster of 8,917 parade participants. It takes more than a small deployment of our military and hundreds of volunteers, 2500 port a potties, 8,917 parade participants and 600-800,000 visitors to welcome in our President and Vice Presidents second term…it takes a nation.

We are a select few. We hope to represent well.

Half way to history- Chicago friends feed the bus

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After 12 hours on the bus. Our road weary crew were ready for a much needed break off the bus. Where better to stretch our legs than the “other” Windy City, Chicago?

Our friends at the Kateri Center, a faith based community center that serves the urban American Indian population invited us into their center to eat, laugh and feel proud about our journey.

Kateri center staff Georgina Roy greeted us with hugs, opened the meal with a prayer and said that she and those in Chicago within the center will keep us in their prayers and hearts. Leaving Chicago was necessary, and we are thankful to the generosity of Georgina, Jolene Aleck, Charlie Roy, Lisa Bernal and all the volunteers for a great meal!