There were many groups who met on Sunday night around Columbus to raise a glass and toast their fallen comrades from Vietnam, OIF and OEF. I joined a few of the 2-503 ROCK Paratroopers and their wives, finances and girlfriends as well as the Blaskowskis (Gold Star family) and widows of the fallen.
We toasted the memory of the fallen
Toasting the memory of the Fallen - TerryBlaskowski, Stan Blaskowski, Daniela Blaskowski, Me, Pitts, Cheryl Blaskowski, Queck, Hissong, Hayes and Delaney
We visited with friends
Amy, Pitts, Hissong and Delaney
We ate ribs and snacks
Terry, Cheryl, Daniela, Becky and Stan Blaskowski (family of KIA SFC Matthew Blaskowki)
We toasted again and again
Queck, Denton and Delaney
One of "us" got into some cross dressing
Mongo - REALLY?
We showed our love for each other over and over
Denton, me, Queck
Denton and Queck
Terry, Stan and Daniela Blaskowski
Adam and Judy
Danielle and Daniela - two amazing and VERY strong women! Widows of SSG Mark Schafer and SFC Matthew Blaskowski
Then somehow the party moved outside. OK, we got a wee bit too loud. Go figure!
Brian and Brooke
Pitts, Delaney, Denton and Hissong
Hissong, me, Pitts and Delaney
Hayes, me, Denton
Pitts and Denton - showing their beer bellies???
We ran into someone for whom we all have great respect
Denton, Hissong, Carey, Ostlund, Pitts, Delaney, Hayes, Rodriguez and Queck
A great night all the way around. We left in the wee hours of the morning looking forward to the events that lay ahead.
Queck hauling Denton off to the car