Friday, May 10, 2013

OS91 guests of COL Danny and Linda McKnight at Sentinels of Freedom Dinner

COL McKnight and Barbara Lyn, SOF President 
Operation Safety 91 attended our first Sentinels of Freedom (SOF) Dinner last evening as guests of COL Danny and Linda McKnight. This outstanding Event was hosted at the Crowne Plaza Oceanfront Hotel in Melbourne, FL. 

Patrick Air Force Base Honor Guard 

Beautiful and inspiring ceremonies began the Dinner: Patrick AFB Color Guard performed the  POW/MIA Missing Man Table Ceremony, the Pledge of Allegience was led by SSG Russ Marek, the National Anthem was sung by the Harbor City Harmonizers and the Invocation was prayed by Steve Slesinger of Calvary Chapel, Melbourne.

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey
This was OS91 first time meeting with Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey. What a wonderful Responder! And the result? 1200 Psalm 91 cards are being shipped to the Sheriffs Office today! Praise God!

COL McKnight receives Bronze Sponsor plaque 
It was obvious last evening that the Brevard County community is on board supporting with Sentinels of Freedom Space Coast! COL McKnight on board as well with a Bronze Sponsorship of the Event. 

Ed and Mary were guests of COL Danny McKnight at his table. COL sat Mary next to a wonderful and delightful woman, a widow of a courageous Battle of the Bulge Veteran! A memorable conversation went on during that dinner, I assure you! When I went to offer her a Psalm 91 card, she shook her head no and opened her purse. And out came her very own Psalm 91 card! Of course, out came my camera!

Widow of Battle of the Bulge Vet 
pulls out her Ps 91 card!

Special to OS91 Rockledge Police Chief Lionel Cote
came to OS91's 5th Annual Tribute

Black Hawk Down Movie Poster 
donated by COL McKnight for silent auction

Successful Sentinels recognized: proof of the
Program's success

Another success story!

Keynote Speaker: SGT Kendra Coleman Garza 
Afghanistan Veteran and Military Police Paratrooper SGT Kendra Coleman Garza was the keynote Speaker. An amazing story so simply told of her heroism: choosing to return to Afghanistan after being wounded, then losing a leg to an IED upon her return. Her belief in God and knowing that God has a good plan for her life has sustained her. Kendra is such an inspiration!

Thank you, COL McKnight, for an evening we will treasure in our hearts! And congratulations to Barbara Lyn, who, by the way is an OS91 "Catch The Cause" partner, for an outstanding success. OS91 applauds you for your 5 years of helping our brave wounded warriors and their families rebuild their lives. God bless you!

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