soldier! Where are you from?
Hq 272nd Inf Rgt
From May 7
- 9, 2005, I was a guest in Moscow,
Russia, with seven other Americian soldiers and many, many Russian and other
Allies' soldiers, for Russia's great celebration of the 60th Anniversary of VE Day.
All kind of events were staged morning, afternoon and night.
One of the
most memorable was the state Dinner at the Kremlin Palace hosted by Russian
President Putin and his wife for the visiting heads of states and their wives,
and the soldiers. Every person was
assigned a specific table with a name card at the place to be seated.
I was at
table No 6, a round table for six people, as were the others.
My table was at the front right side just
before a stage where press, photographers and security
were gathered. During the
conversations, endless salads and beverages, someone said President Bush is over
there. I had aranged for my new digital camera to be carried by one of the
guides to take appropriate pictures of me, when the occasion arose Beckoning the guide, I stood up and started walking to where
someone said the President was sitting, a couple of tables or so away.
I think I
shouted, "Where is President Bush?"
Suddenly, this man is walking towards me, extending his hand and asking,
"Where are you from, soldier?" I
shook President Bush's hand and replied, "I am a Gawgaw Kracker!"
He smiled, and said, "I'll
be down that way next week." Laughing, I asked, "What will you be
doing, pushing your Social Security bill?"
He said "Yes, but it won't affect you."
immediately, while this was going on, Seaman Dan Grow, of Santa Rosa, CA, one of
the eight Americans, joined us. My
guide camera man was able to get a great picture of the three of us.
President Bush in the middle between Dan and me.
Russia's President Putin is behind just over my right shoulder.