Our group of veterans, guests, dignitaries, and media have now been together for a few days, and I am surrounded by history. Much being captured by media, a man next to me right now is being interviewed and there is a buzz in the atmosphere. But mostly this is about some amazing people and I am enjoying the stories and friendships. Our trip to Italy yesterday morning began in the Vatican, where our group was escorted to a chapel inside St. Peter Basilica for a private service.
So many amazing stories here. This woman below has been travelling alone. Her father was killed on the hillside leading to the abbey at Monte Cassino on May 17 (today's date), the day before Polish soldiers took that abbey and planted their flag on the ruins. She will visit his grave sight when we go to the Polish cemetery. I am going to post photos and provide just some of the amazing people and their stories in a later blog.
I was going to add more from yesterday's activities, but there are too many distractions from working here in the lobby and have to leave soon. So hopefully tomorrow will provide updates to first few days.
Author - Andrew Bajda
Since publication of my book in December of 2016, so many amazing things have happened on both a personal and professional level. As the journey continues to evolve, I'll update my travel adventures on this blog, and invite you to join me along the way.