Mini USS Ranger (CVA-61) Reunion
After visiting my Siblings, Family and Friends in Northeast Iowa My Bride and I traveled to Altoona, Iowa to visit with a Ranger Shipmate and his Bride. Enroute we had a lovely Dinner (About Noon) at the Amana Colonies in Amana, Iowa. The next morning my fellow USS Ranger Shipmate and I decided that it would be very appropriate to welcome the final attendee to this Mini Ranger Reunion with appropriate recognition. We decided to make Pete a "Welcome to Iowa Lei" such as we received when we visited Hawaii as crewmembers of the USS Ranger.
|After acquiring sweet corn from the local vendor we set|
out to make a corn husk Lei for Pete. This picture and the
following three show Marv and I constructing this "Welcome to
|After the Lei was constructed we determined that|
it needed to be field tested. Here Marv and I pose
with his flags in his front gardens
|Here is Pete as we picked him up at the Des Moines International|
Airport. His Bride quickly picked up on the significance of the Lei.
She stated something like this is just like arriving in Hawaii.
|On the way back to our Bed and Breakfast in Altoona managed|
by Marv and his Bride we stopped here for a photo op and to
also see where we would go to see the Iowa Cubs Game during
the Mini Reunion
|Marv, Pete with his Bride and myself, the Blog Editor. You will|
note that Pete's Bride is now wearing the Lei.