Progress Report on Elliott Hogge – Back in the Saddle!

Elliott Hogge and Bobby Burton 9-14

Elliott Hogge and Bobby Burton 9-14 (photo from Facebook page I am Ruritan)

Original Post on the “I am Ruritan” Facebook page by Sandra Hogge on 9-20-14:

Today in Bedford, Virginia, at the National D-Day Memorial, I attended a POW-MIA Remembrance Day observance that has left me at a loss for words, so I will just post pictures including Vietnam veterans lined up and being greeted by members of Rolling Thunder and other attendees. Among the Vietnam veterans in the line up and also pictured visiting the traveling Wall are President Elect Bobby and President Elliott.

Original Post on the “I am Ruritan” Facebook page by Bobby Burton on 9-20-14:

First Lady Sandra has posted pictures of our wonderful morning at the D-Day Memorial today. I just wanted to add to what she has posted.
It was such a wonderful morning. President Elliott and I greeted the Pulaski/Dublin area Veterans as they got off the bus. We viewed the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall and enjoyed the Memorial grounds.
Elliott and I, along with members of several area VFW groups, placed the yellow roses at the Traveling Wall during the Remembrance Program.

The program concluded by having ALL VIETNAM VETERANS assemble at the front and EVERYONE filed by to greet us, hug us, thank us. President Elliott and I are both Vietnam Veterans and I think I can speak for both of us that “it was quite an emotional time”. It is hard to explain the feelings I had, and I am sure all the Veterans at the program today experienced the same feelings!
Thank you to the Ruritan Road Ruritan Club for including me in this event. It really meant a lot!!!

* * * * *I want to take this opportunity to say how great it was to have President Elliott and First Lady Sandra with us today. They are starting to get out again and, as President Elliott said “He is ready to get back in the saddle.” He has stepped back into his schedule but he also knows I will be there if he needs my help. He does still have some difficulty with his speech – but is improving every day – and if we all remember to be patient, he can communicate very well. Welcome back, Mr. President

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