Carol Deacon, Semper Fi Parents of Hudson Valley, NY May 27, 2015

I was so in awe. When I was younger American history was never a favorite subject of mine.  Now, for many reasons, I love it, especially the military history. Watching and listening to Capt. Fike as he does these medal returns only opens our hearts more to respecting, celebrating and honoring our active duty military and our veterans. Seeing the emotion it stirred with PVT. Quinlan’s niece at the cemetery just wrapped it all up.

My husband and I love to work with the veterans through Semper Fi Parents and Hudson Valley Honor Flight. The greatest reward is doing something to make someone’s life a little better, happier and then just stand back and watch it happen and then quietly walk away. That joy is in our heart and there’s nothing better.

Our organization was so glad to help make this happen. Sharing the experience really doesn’t do it justice.