I saw Derek and presented him with his photo album. He was absolutely in awe and I thought I saw a tear or two, but that 6'4" hunk of soldier would NEVER admit that! Oh, it was awesome to watch the expression on his face when he would say, "she held the banner", and "ah man, HE held the banner." Then he laughed and said, "that banner is famous!" It was so cool to watch him! He was very proud and honored and said, "nobody else will have something like this!"
I told Derek it wasn't complete and that more photos would be added in time. I still have to print out all of the comments you guys have made. Derek felt like he was "special" tonight - and we think he is! My 7 yr-old grand-daughter told him, "Derek, you are so courageous and you are a hero". Derek choked up on that one for sure!
Mission accomplished! I'll now shut up about Derek and his photo album!