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A Texan-Style Tribute to American Heroes

The American flag covers the field in Reliant Stadium, Houston, at the 9/11 remembrance ceremony during the Texans vs. Colts game last Sunday.

Thank you to James Norris, Manager of Adaptive Driving Access in Texas, for submitting this terrific blog about remembering and celebrating American heroes (and in his case, a Houston Texans victory!).

It’s a well-known fact that many of us here at Adaptive Driving Access are huge sports fans. This past weekend was the kick-off to the 2011 NFL season (and hopefully the beginning of a playoff run for our Houston Texans). I was lucky enough to attend the Texans vs. Colts game with ADA’s owner, Tom Poole, our area BraunAbility rep., Steve Krone, and BraunAbility’s regional sales manager, Matt Ford. A great time was had by all and the hometown Texans crushed the Colts (sorry, Matt)!

Anyone who has ever attended an event at Reliant Stadium can attest to the fact it is a first-class venue that is very accessible with great handicap seating. We were reminded of this when we noticed the all of the parking for wheelchair vans, signage to accessible pedestrian pathways and the many positive comments made by a few of our great customers we saw at the game. We were also a big hit before the game in the tailgating area when we rolled up in Steve’s 2011 Honda Odyssey Entervan! Lowering the ramp and tailgating from an Entervan is an experience that even people who aren’t football fans can enjoy. Hopefully, the Texans will continue to win and TEAM ADA will have more opportunities to test the lowered-floor minivan tailgating experience.

James Norris and Tom Poole of Adaptive Driving Access (ADA) pose next to some fitting signage in front of Reliant Stadium in Houston.

Coincidentally, Sunday was also the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on our nation, and it would be wrong for me not to mention this as well. Both the NFL and the Houston Texans did a great job remembering this and celebrating our resilience as Americans. I am not too proud to admit I got a little choked up listening to the national anthem and watching that 100-yard flag cover the entire field. As a veteran myself, I know the sacrifice so many young men and women in our armed forces make every day while serving in less than ideal circumstances. I have the honor of meeting some of these courageous heroes on a weekly basis when they visit ADA in search of mobility products, some because of casualties suffered while in the line of duty. All gave some, some gave ALL. May God bless everyone who wears a uniform and puts the safety and needs of others before their own. This includes not only our armed service members but also local police officers, firefighters and EMT’s. Hopefully, America will never feel the sting of an attack on our home soil again. But if we do, at least we know there are those out there that will stand up and fight the good fight! GOD BLESS AMERICA!