We met at Gale River parking lot at 8:20 and by the time we got organized, our subgroup got on the trail at 8:50. We made good time at got to the hut at 11:00, where we regrouped, relaxed in the sunshine, had some snacks, used the potty, filled water bottles and headed for the summit. Some of the group went to N & S Twin to bag peaks and see their flags.
We had our 4 piece flagpole erected and then raised the flag at noon on the outlook so people could see us and we could see them. We read off a list of names starting with the letter “G” of which there were 183. Lynda read a poem, Deb had photos of the beautiful memorial in Tewksbury MA, and another Deb led us singing the Star Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful. We lit a candle and those that knew someone that died, shared stories. It was a wonderful memorial service.
We could see North Twin flags from the outlook, but knew there were 47 other flags flying high. We lowered the flag at 2:00, disassembled the pole and headed down to the hut where we met up with the folks that went to other peaks. After a great day we all went to the Common Man in Lincoln for dinner. See you again next year.