|John Paul Matthews and Maria Williams met Mr. Knight for the first time on their flight to San Francisco|
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Day 1 - Not Your Typical "Knight"
Ever since we got accepted to go on this trip to the Philippines, we’ve wondered who our veteran would be. Though we created expectations in our minds, we really had no idea what to expect. We have been more fortunate than other students because we met our veteran before departing from Dallas. From the “get-go” we were blown away by Mr. Ed Knight’s magnetic personality. He greeted us with a vibrant smile and wave that only close friends exchange. Immediately a friendship was struck, and within the few hours we’ve known him, we already feel like we’re in the presence of an old friend.
On our first flight we had a chance to discuss Mr. Knight's adventurous family, exciting life, and bold service to our country. When he told us about his life, his words inspired our imagination as we sat, anticipating his every word. His stories seemed so surreal. Without hesitation, he depicted the brutalities of war that he experienced. As a medic, he had a first hand account of the cruelty of his enemy and the tragedy of the war. All these tales have furthered our appreciation and sense of indebtedness to this man’s life.
Our trip has just started and we already know so much about him! We look forward to the rest of the time we will have with our “Knight.”
John Paul Mathews and Maria Williams