Exciting week for Becky! Â We are here in Washington DC for Becky’s Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony. Â It was fantastic!
Wednesday, the ceremony started at 10:00 am at the Cannon Caucus Room “on the Hill”. Â Mr. Wolf Blitzer of CNN was there as the Master of Ceremonies as well as the Chairman of the board of Congressional Medal, Paxton K Baker. Â The ceremony was attended by several Congressmen and Senators who were there to present the medals to their constituents.
Texas Congressman Canseco was there to present Becky’s medal and stopped to say a few kind words about her. Â He mentioned her leadership in her home town of Alpine, TX. Â Congressman Session was also there to present an award to his constituents, but he also said a few words about our Texas award winners. Â Congressman Sessions also has a son with Down syndrome, so his remarks were focused on the fact that this award is for everyone!
After the ceremony, we went to visit Congressman Canseco and Congressman
Sessions. Â We took pictures and visited with them. Â Congressman Sessions was the most personable and made Becky feel right at home. Â While we were there, Michelle Whitten from the Global Down Syndrome Foundation arrived and we were able to hear about what she is doing in the world of Down syndrome! Â Great contact!
What a day! Â To end the day, all the medalists posed for a picture by the capital. Â Unfortunately, by the time we got back to our hotel, we were so hot and tired that Becky felt sick. Â It was 98 degrees with humidity!
The next day, we were given passes to tour the house and the senate. Â Instead of the tour, we chose to go meet the senators. Â (Becky has seen Idaho and Texas state houses and was not interested to go listen to more voting). Â So, we got our pictures taken with Senator Hutchison of Texas.
What a great honor!