A Special Note
"I want to thank Yarmouth Board of Selectmen Chairman Tracy Post,
Flower Angels USA of South Yarmouth Executive Director Suzanne Carter
and Steve Xiarhos of the Yarmouth Police Department. On December 15th they gave my husband, Ralph Banta, and other Veterans some beautiful new coats and precious moments of friendship, respect, and fun. Ralph - the handsome guy in the shirt that says RED - laughed, teased the ladies, joked with Steve and told a few Sea Stories. They made him feel like "The Senior Chief" again.
He loved his jacket!
Steve and Mayflower's Administrator, Peter even took time to talk with him later and treat him as though he was very special.
It was one of his happiest days in quite a while and his last. Unfortunately, a couple of days later he went into the hospital and on December 21st he received his final set of orders to report to heaven.
He suffered a lot in those few days but I will always be grateful that he had that afternoon with amazing people who saw him for what he was instead of someone to feel sorry for - he truly was amazing. ...and so are they.