American Patriots Unsung Magazine Issue 6 - Page 66

66 military personnel, and their family members. Arizona is the second location. On the early morning of November 30th, 2017, over 500 guests made the trip to the rural Arizona ranch for the Grand Opening event. Many traveled from across the nation for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The event was kicked off by a parachute demonstration by three members of Team Fast Trax - all of them veterans. The team leader, Dana Bowman, towed behind him a 2,000 square foot American flag. Mr. Bowman is a retired US Army Special Forces Sergeant and an amputee who lost both legs in a skydiving accident and later became the first double amputee to re-enlist in the Army. Dana’s teammates, Ron and Nicole Condrey, towed the Arizona state flag and the POW- MIA flag. Ron and Nicole also carried with them photos of two fellow warriors who were killed in the war. After the parachute landing, Mr. Condrey took the stage and removed a photo of his best friend from his pocket. He held the photo up towards the audience to view, and as he spoke, his words quaked. He paused. In his silence, every member of the audience felt his grief; they stood, many with tears in their eyes, and applauded. “It was at that moment when we all felt the meaning of service and sacrifice. Tears were streaming down my face watching him stand there holding his friend’s photo. He was stoic, his words were trapped by his own heartache and we all felt it.” said Pat Hickey, a business executive who traveled three hours from Phoenix to attend the event. 67 JAY DOBYNS Combat warriors find tranquility, solace, and comfort from horses to hammocks. View short video on Boulder Crest