Snuck away yesterday afternoon and ran down to the Montana Stockgrowers convention to take in the last part of it. Hanta Yo has been there all week so somebody has to stay home and tend to things. for the evening banquet, good prime rib for a large convention, then the real stuff started. In marched the 7th Cavalry Drum and Bugle Corps, in 1800's attire, with Custer leading, bringing in the flags. The whole place stood up, hands on hearts, and they played some patriotic tunes. It was neat. Then the Start Spangled Banner sang by one of them with no backup, no music. Then a prayer for our troops, past present and future, followed by Amazing Grace on the bagpipes. Everyone is still standing with their hands on their hearts, silence (except for all of these sniffs I could hear coming from every direction, guess it is cold season) Looked at one of the drummers and he was staring intently at the ceiling trying to keep it together. Then they marched out, everyone is still standing. it was fantastic. Next, a Colonel from the Montana National Guard shared with us pictures and experiences he had in Afganistan. Nothing he said has ever been in the national media. I think he only got three standing ovations. I talked to him after everything else was over, he is just like JingleBob's kid, oh its nothing, just doing my job. But then he said to me. "you know, these people are the salt of the earth, these people in this organization are what it is all about, the strong work ethics, the pride in what they do." All I could say was "it don't get no better than this buddy." I thanked him again for his service, even though it embarrasses him when people thank him. Could not be more proud to be an American or be more proud of doing what we do with the kind of people in that big room. Wish a bunch of you could have seen it. Fact, I wish good ol Dis could have witnessed how real Americans feel and think, probably would have caused a heart attack!