During our visit and various meetings, we were honored to have the American Flag flown over the United States Capitol on behalf of several of our board members as well as on behalf of several children who the I CARE Foundation assisted in safely bringing home.
It is my great privilege to have received a very special American Flag and citation for Philippe, the son of my very dear friend Eugene. Philippe was reunited with his father after nearly 10 years apart: as a toddler child, he was detained without his father's permission in the Ivory Coast. However, all that changed on January 17th, 2012, when Philippe walked through the United States Customs exit at John F. Kennedy airport in New York City and into the arms of his loving father. Miracles do happen.
The American Flag flown in Philippes honor is a reminder to Philippe that this great nation - the nation of his birth - is his home. The flag is also a testament to the great love his father has for him as it acknowledges the never-ending quest for Eugene to reunite with his son.
So Philippe, if you ever read this, I want you to know, as I have said to you on occasion, that your father is a great man who loves you with all of his heart. The American Flag you are about to receive from me and the I CARE Foundation was flown in honor of both you and your father.
Peter Thomas Senese