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Orginially published by Connecticut Patriot Guard on Monday, August 16, 2010 at 9:19pm

From: Anne Chouinard

Sent: Monday, August 16, 2010

To: Connecticut Patriot Guard


August 16, 2010

Good morning all,

Bobby (Bob Stone) what a great job in organizing the Veterans groups to participate in this once in a lifetime week-end.

Andrew Chernak (Sculptor) there are not enough words to THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for creating such a beautiful statue our MOM.  God has given you such a great talent and you are using it to honor such a very special group of women.  Our Gold Star Mothers.  It is a terrific way to educate this country about Gold Star Mothers.  The ceremony in Gettysburg was truly amazing.  The support from all the people in Gettysburg was just the beginning of this amazing week-end.  Andrew please thank your wife for her great hospitality.  I look forwarding to see you both on Thrusday.

To my fellow committee members of the NEGSMMA and family and friends who made the ride and those who could not but were there when we pulled into Manchester.  I love you all so much you are all like family to me and Jean.

Yes I should be asleep but I needed to send this message to you all.

It was such a very emotional filled week-end.   We cried, we laughed and we all where surrounded by the love of all those who touched our lives this week-end. But most of all our boys watched over all of us.

We made an amazing journey and met such very amazing people all doing their part to make this week-end so memorable.  WOW  WOW WOW

The NH motorcycle riders who made the journey down to Gettysburg and back to NH.  Denise Gionet said the rain was tears from HEAVEN.  She was right.  I can not thank you enough for riding through ALL THE TEARS for us.  To Denise, Elaine and Nicole  and all the other Gold Star Mothers our boys watch over us each second of everyday I know how very proud they are of all of us.

It was my great honor to ride with Marsha aka Munckin.  A ride I will remember forever. To tell my grandchildren about so they can tell their grandchildren.

All the people who came out at each stop to greet us or join in the ride. The Gold Star Mothers who came so many states to be part of this special week-end.  The people who joined our motorcade at every stop.  The Patriot Guard, Marine Riders, Combat Vets and so many more.  I know there were so many groups represented in the ride this week-end.

The people standing on a over pass waving to us as we drove under.  The people on the side of the highway with their flags and waving to us as we passed by.  The police escorts.  The people in Manchester at our final destination.

This trip was one was definitely measured by the out pouring LOVE of all.

I say to you all of you are my EARTHLY ANGELS who help me make it through each and everyday.  But most of all I truly blessed to have such a wonderful supportive husband Jean.  Because without him I would not be able to the things that I do.

My love to each and everyone of you who reads this.

God Bless you and your families.

Anne Chouinard

A Very Proud Gold Star Mother of

AE2 James L. Dixon