I expected crowds downtown because of the World Cup Soccer, but nothing prepared me for what we saw. The streets were packed – and since tonight’s game is with Iran, there were hundreds of Iranians walking around playing musical instruments and yelling. We decided to get off the streets and out of the crowds by taking a boat cruise down the Rhein. It was a 50 minute ride and really peaceful and pretty. EXCEPT… the loud speaker gave the “tourist” sites – first in German and then in English. The English version “skipped” every other word so we have no idea what was being said.

We got back to the hotel before 8 pm. Tomorrow we go to visit the wounded at Landstuhl. It should be a wonderful day for all of us. Lee Ann has asked a lot of questions about my tours to Iraq and has decided she wants to go back over to Iraq and take some other Texas performers with her to do a little “Texas Salute” type of tour. More history for you… Lee Ann and I were both on the first entertainment tour that was allowed to come into Iraq in June, 2003. I was with Chely Wright, who had been invited to participate on the tour by General Tommy Franks. I have been back into Iraq – from corner to corner – seven times since that first tour. We met so many wonderful people on that first tour who have become lifelong friends to us.

Signing off for tonight.

Jude

Judy Seale is President/CEO of Stars for Stripes, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality entertainment to internationally deployed U.S. military forces. Bringing together professionals from aviation, entertainment and the military, Stars For Stripes is improving the overseas tour experience for performers, sponsors, donors, and most importantly, for the dedicated men and women protecting our national interests.

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