May 13, 2015
Today was a simply amazing day. I won’t be able to capture
everything in this journal. If you’re reading this and you want to know more
you will have to ask me personally some day.
I spent the day in Kinston. The day began with a breakfast
with a number of veterans. I am once again overwhelmed by the out-pouring of
hospitality I have been shown. After breakfast at the Neuse Interpretive Center
and seeing the amazing exhibits we all went to two schools and talked to
Students about veterans in a post-war world. There were a mix of living
historians like myself and American veterans from WWII to present day.
I then toured the Neuse II, a full scale replica of the CSS
Neuse Ironclad Ship. This was an impressive project to say the least. I then toured a Cemetery containing Union and Confederate Soldiers.
In the evening we had dinner with the same veterans we spent
much of the day with. The WWII Veteran who was involved in driving landing
craft at Omaha Beach on D-Day and Okinawa in the Pacific spoke to the group. He
said that his experience with the group today had replaced all the bad
experiences he’d had after the war. I was moved to say the least. I am glad to
see the program is touching people’s lived in a positive way. Looking forward
to a night’s rest and tomorrow’s journey to Seven Springs.
Philip Brown May 13, 2015
In : Walk Home NC