A Marine Band trumpeted the arrival of busloads of our brave Americans, as the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo once again hosted Armed Forces Appreciation Day. We served up barbecue and appreciation to these exceptional men and women. It’s humbling really.  I wish everyone could have this opportunity to interact with our troops present and past….as veterans of World War II, Korea and Viet Nam took part too.

I was able to reconnect with my friend Bobby Sagebiel, father to three Marines, his son Jason retired, daughters Anne and Amanda still in active service.  He and wife Molly couldn’t be prouder.  I am too, since I’ve known them since birth.  They are the examples…these volunteer keepers of freedom…of what is bravest and best of our blessed country.