Posted on February 16, 2010
I had the grateful privilege to be at the dedication of the Courtyard the fountain and torch ceremony honoring PFC Aaron Amot who died in Afganistan, at 6pm February 11th at Birch Bay Square. The Ware Family (co-owners of the mall) called me at 7;30 am that day up to personally invite me to the event and bring others to attend and participate in the event. I called as many people and organizations as possible to attend. The Custor VFW had applied for and had received a Certificate signed by the Commander and Chief commemorating PFC Aaron Aamot's service and sacrifice. This event was perfect to present this certificate to the Aamot Family. The Evening was a dark and stormy night. The rolling thunder of Harley Davidson Motorcycles which arrived at 5;30, and I directed the "mostly Vietnam War Veterans to park under cover at the Aamot Plaza. Pete Kremen gave a moving talk, as did Mike Kent and Levi Ware. The color Guard salute and honoring of the Veterans attending and the dedication of the Plaza where Aaron Aamot played as a young boy was heart felt and appreciated by all. Tears were present in many eyes, including my own. The love and honor expressed on this cold and dreary day was balance by the integrity and caring of so many people from our community.