Maryville, Tennessee – Thanks!
On Friday morning September 16, 2005 after
having breakfast with Lt.Commander Michael Lee Beck in Morristown,
I continued on to Maryville where I arrived at approximately 11:45
pm.. I promptly sat up a vigil in what has become my favorite spot;
at the intersection of Lamar Alexander Parkway and Broad St. on
the traffic Island, where I was greeted robustly until 5:00 pm.,
at which time I headed to dinner and to change from my Dixie OutFitter
garb into my Confederate Uniform .
At approximately 7:45 pm I arrived at the football stadium of the
Maryville Red Rebels. Dressed in my Confederate uniform with my
Battle Flag draped across my shoulder I entered the stands. A deafening
roar erupted from the stands as I raised the mighty flag high into
the night sky. The babies began to chant out my name :HK,HK,HK………….on
it went as I marched the length of the stands; they were taking
pictures of me, hugging me; it was a reception synonymous to the
one I received when I crossed the Sabine River Bridge from Louisiana
into Logansport, Texas on the March Across Dixie; one that I never
thought would ever be repeated again. After minutes of this ovation
continued to erupt wherever I ventured in the stands, I decided
that I was taking too much attention from the mighty fine undefeated
Maryville football team.
As I existed the stadium amid the shouts : HK for President, I presented
my flag to a young lady who just had to be the Home Coming Queen;
I accepted a heroes hug from Her Majesty, and cried all the way
back to Asheville.