Friday I had the honor to attend both a briefing on Boxer-22, and the military funeral of Captain Ben Danielson (promoted to Major upon confirmation of his death). Via my church's Freedom Tree which was planted in 1973 and has been growing for Captain Danielson, and all MIA's, I have had the fortune to play a small role. The day was amazing, and made me proud to be an American. It was amazing to come out of the church after the service and see over 800 American Flags ... 500 of the flags displayed by the Patriot Riders (a group of motorcycle riders ... many Vietnam vets). Here is a brief description of each photograph.
(click upon the thumnail image given at the bottom of this post to quickly view a photo, or click upon the link given immediately below for a high res version with digital zoom)
- Holden Lutheran Church ... where the service was held
- Holden Lutheran Church Sanctuary
- Lt. Commander Danielson ... son of MIA Major Danielson
- Final Recognition ... photo #1
- Final Recognition ... photo #2
- The Patriot Riders ... 500 motorcycles riders with American Flags
- More Patriot Riders
- A country road in rural Minnesota ...
Update on October 31, 2007: It has been gratifying to see how often this post is read, and meet many of you privately via email. Given the interest in Major Danielson, Boxer 22, and the story of one Vietnam MIA, I have scanned and posted the program document. Please use in a respectful manner. The sideways format is not a mistake. This allows for 8x11 color printing in the correct size. (click upon the page numbers in parenthesis for a normal lower resolution view)
- Danielson-01-08 (front and back covers)
- Danielson-02-03 (pages two and three)
- Danielson-04-05 (pages four and five)
- Danielson-06-07 (pages six and seven)