I'm a little late posting this but I just got the picture. The Collin County Association of Realtors in Plano, TX had a Freedom Breakfast at their office on July 1 for all their members. The idea was to celebrate our country and recognize our members who have or are currently serving our great country.
The guest speaker was U.S. Congressman and former POW, Sam Johnson. Scott O'Grady was also in attendence and gave the invocation. You should remember this national story in 1995 when air force pilot, Scott O'Grady was was shot down behind enemy lines in Bosnia and survived for six days until the US could rescue him. His story was the inspiration for the movie, Behind Enemy Lines. Since I'm the Gov't Affairs Chair for the Association, I was lucky enought to sit next to Scott during the breakfast and he is a quiet and gentle man.
Sam Johnson shared some of his story regarding the 7 years in captivity he spent during the Vietnam War. Sam Johnson was an air force pilot shot down in 1966 in North Vietnam. He shared with us some of the inhumane and cruel treatment that the prisoners received which no individual should have to endure. He thought he was going to die several times during his inprisionment. He said that he survived because of his faith in God, his fellow POW comrades and his hope to return home. He was in the same POW camp as current presidential hopeful, John McCain. The prisoners had nothing to do to keep their minds busy so to pass the time they became "experts" at killing flies. He spoke for 20 minutes and he just scratched the surface on his story but he has written a book, called Captive Warrior, which I intend to read now.
At the end of the meeting, Scott and Sam brought their autographed books to sell as a TREPAC fundraiser. The books were gone in 60 seconds. We had to take orders for an additional 50 books! It was a wonderful morning and I felt so proud to be an American. I was honored that our association was able to get these two great individuals to attend our meeting.