Saturday, May 08, 2010

Spring Games Special Olympics

Sounds of leather, wood, and cloth marched through the respectful silence broken only by the orders as the  County Police Color Guard presented the US flag.
An elementary age Special Olympic athlete led the Pledge of Allegiance. With her right hand over her heart, her smile, passion and Latin surname spoke louder than all the noise over immigration.

Students of a deaf and hard of hearing program signed the Star Spangled Banner as the song soared through the stadium.

Does that star-spangled banner yet wave o’er the home of the brave?

Yes, Francis Scott Key, it was the kind of brave that catches your breath to see.

Let Me Win
But if I cannot win
Let me be brave in the attempt

Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer
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  1. it looks like and sounds like it was a very enjoyable time for all, especially the athletes

    (I'm off to Montana; I'll catch up with you on the flip side :)


  2. I have volunteered with the Special Olympics in Chicago for over 20 years and it's always a heartwarming experience. Bet you had a lot of fun too.

  3. Thanks Patrick for caring enough to donate your time to Special Olympics even when you have moved away. Those of us with children that enjoyed Special Olympics know how special people like you are.

  4. Betty, Patricia and Debbie ... being part of any Special Olympic event is the only thing I can do in life where I actually leave with more than I brought.


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