I am proud to report that my float didn't sink... just kidding. A couple of months ago, the Charleston Veterans Affairs Hospital asked if I would be the Grand Marshal for their 2009 parade. I was floored.
Of course I said yes and was humbled and thrilled to do the job.
I was a bit overwhelmed because I thought I was going to be on the float by myself. Luckily, I had an entourage of other female veterans to keep me company. Not only did they keep me company, they kept me laughing. I was proud to share the float with such great women.
Like so many other 'firsts' in my life, I was the first female to ever hold the role of Grand Marshal for the Charleston Veterans Day Parade. EVER. Funny enough, I didn't even know that until I was being interviewed by the VA news crew. LOL!
My husband, Andy Dunaway, went to the parade to show his support. He took these pictures I'm sharing with you now. I tell you what... I'm a pretty lucky woman to have such a wonderful and supportive husband. He really gives me the confidence I need to sit on a float and wave to hundreds of strangers.
There was a crew of veterans who road their motorcycles in front and behind my float. They had a flag for every branch of service and every state. It was pretty cool. Plus the motorcyle engines added a presence I couldn't with my smile and wave.
I have been very lucky in my life. I survived improvised explosive devices, mortars, small arms fire and dog attacks. I've also made wonderful friends and visited extraordinary countries. Wow! I am truly blessed. I'd like to thank America's veterans for their service to our country.