New Orleans, Louisiana – July 20, 2015
We’ve had a wonderful time in the New Orleans this past week. We met so many amazing people and community leaders who went above and beyond to show their support for the Flag. Our message from the beginning has been one of unity.However, it has been all of you, the people we meet along the way, who have shown us what unity and humanity truly mean.
The trip had a flavorful beginning with a stop at Jaeger Restaurant where proprietor Allen Jaeger was excited to give us our first taste of New Orleans. When he heard about our mission to spread the Flag for Hope message, he was ecstatic to welcome us to Louisiana, cajun style! Not only did he give us dinner on the house, but the meal was a real New Orleans feast with catfish, char broiled oysters, jambalaya and shrimp with the heads still attached— so you know they were fresh! All was served with a heaping helping of true cajun hospitality. Allen’s business is third generation family owned and has been lost three times to hurricanes, including George and Katrina. But Allen and his family have persevered to save and restore the home they’ve created. Truly this entrepreneur is an example of the resilience and optimism that America was built on.
In the morning we headed off to cafe Morning Call, near City Park, to grab some of those delicious beignets and muffaletta we had heard so much about. From there we ventured into City Park tself, where we met so many new faces who were happy to contribute to the Flag for Hope mission. We added some adorably tiny handprints from local kids, out with their parents to enjoy the Louisiana sunshine and wonderful scenery of the park. The Flag is developing beautifully, and the addition of the white stripes is giving it a whole new look!