I wish to thank the people of the Cayman Islands for extending a warm welcome to the American war hero, Master Sgt. John Masson and his family on their visit to Grand Cayman.
As the Caymanian Compass knows, John was wounded by a roadside bomb last October, losing both legs and his primary arm.
It was my desire to bring the family here for rest and relaxation. I knew that the people of Cayman would welcome them as they have thousands of visitors in the past. However, it was beyond my expectations; the kindness that was extended by every person they came across.
Cayman Airways went out of their way to make the trip memorable, and the “Meet and Greet” was the first step of a fabulous trip. Red Sail Sports organised diving trips through the Handicapped Divers Association, along with a fantastic trip to Stingray City; thank you James and Walter. Dolphin Discovery gave the whole family an experience of a lifetime.
The people of North Side and the children of North Side Primary School turned out to hear John speak of his experience and the Caymanian Veterans especially touched John’s heart. Thank you to the police force for taking the time to meet this family, which is an inspiration to all who cross their paths.
Thank you to McCurley’s for providing the van that carted the family from North Side to West Bay in style and comfort.
Thank you Caymanian Compass for an uplifting article, written by Hannah, which was so positive and upbeat. Thank you Cayman 27 for the news coverage and for bringing John into so many homes.
Thank you Dr. Ali for volunteering your services, should John need them, and thankfully he did not.
A special thank you to our MLA Mr. Ezzard Miller and of course to Archie Whittaker who tirelessly put it all together.
Too often the news is about negative happenings, but I must say that our people, the people of Grand Cayman, the people of the Cayman Islands, are by far the most welcoming, understanding people and I am so grateful to God to be a part of this Island and our people.
God Bless you all.