RHS Testimonials

CDR James "Goat Boy" Bates

USSOCOM / Deputy J52

Thank you for another amazing event. Truly a unique experience to share with my daughter and you could not have picked a better guest speaker. Talk about a powerful message that embodies Remember, Honor, Support ...not a dry eye in the house when he described the little girl making a heart out of gravel and flowers for her dad. Thank you again.

Doug Mayer


Jo, congratulations on another outstanding event. You and your board/staff made RHS shine again. You should be proud of another great program for such a worthwhile cause.


I have been to your breakfasts twice. They are very moving, emotional events. You are doing very good work. Best, Nat

Steve Edwards

Commandant Staff, Admiral Farragut Academy

Congratulations on another outstanding event. We are very proud of you. Thanks for the opportunity for Joy and I and our Admiral Farragut Academy cadets to once again be involved. We are humbled and honored that we have been a part of your event since its inception. We value and cherish our friendship with you. John is looking down and smiling knowing that you have perpetuated this meaningful event. Blessings, Steve


I just wanted to let you know you did an amazing job with the 9/11 Memorial Breakfast. That morning was so emotional and powerful for me. Everything was perfect, from the setup/ decor to the speakers. It was such a pleasure to work with you and congratulations on such an inspiring and meaningful event. Thank you again!

CAPT John Doolittle

Director, Preservation of the Force & Family

Simply awesome event this morning... I don't know how you topped last year, but you DID!!! Awesome stuff and thank you so much for making this such a special day in our community.

John W.

You did a great job today. Congratulations on another command performance! Regards, John

Gene Bodden


Great, Great event today! What an honor to participate in this noble cause.

Chris Steinocher

President, St. Pete Chamber of Commerce

Thank you Jo Brower for making my day and bringing 1000 of our friends together to remember, honor & support ...couldn't imagine a St Pete without you. Julie and Chris Steinocher


NCOIC, Joint Service Color Guard

I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart on behalf of the United States Central Command Joint Service Color Guard for sparing us precious time and serving us in the 9/11 Remember Honor & Support ceremony today. It is only possible with the assistance of people like you that we have been capable to take up such gratifying services in the local community. I genuinely thank you once more and ask that you keep the USCENTCOM Color Guard in mind in upcoming events.

Cris F.


Thank you for another sobering and also uplifting Patriot's Day breakfast. It's such a powerful event, and it's so important to always R-H-S! The TPD Deputy Chief was at my table, and it was her first time at the event. She was very moved! Blue Skies!

Frank Fitzgerald

Imaginative Concepts, Inc.

Such a pleasure to meet you and an honor to be a part of your event this morning. I didn't expect to participate in such an informative, tasteful, soul searching ceremony. I'm glad I was there. Regards, Frank

William H. McRaven

Admiral, U.S. Navy, Commander

9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance Soon, we will come together as a Nation to mark the anniversary of September 11, 2001, and remember the innocent lives that we lost that day and honor all our heroic troops and their families who have served for more than ten years to keep us safe. Less than one percent of Americans serve in uniform today, and along with their civilian counterparts have borne the burden of protecting our Nation from al Qaeda, the perpetrators of the horrendous acts of that day, and all others who would do us harm. It is an honor to commemorate the devotion to service, resilience, and patriotism of these American Heroes, and the families that unfailingly support them. We must all, be mindful of the selfless sacrifices being made daily by our Soldiers, Sailors, Airman, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, our Reservists and National Guardsmen, our Veterans, and their caregivers and family members, and especially those who have lost loved ones in defense of the United States. For more than ten years, the American people have gone above and beyond to honor and support those who protect us. The outpouring of generosity and compassion shown at the national and community level has been tremendous, and is greatly appreciated.

James D. Large

Fire Chief - City of St. Petersburg

Welcome! I am honored to support and participate in the Patriot Day Prayer Breakfast, an annual remembrance of September 11, 2001. Everyone will always remember where they were and what they were doing on that fateful day. There are so many who were directly touched by the human loss of that day and the losses that have continued as a result of subsequent related events and actions. While I did not lose a family member or relative, I lost 343 brother firefighters on that day. For me, that equates to every man and woman of St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue. The entire department would be gone. That is hard to grasp. I stood at Ground Zero in 2003. The feeling that came over me was, I hope, a once in a lifetime feeling. It is important for all of us to never forget 9/11. It changed our world forever. We must keep this memory in the forefront of our minds to ensure that we remain prepared and provide for the safety and welfare of all our citizens across America. I want to thank Jo Brower and John Stross for leading this local effort of remembrance and for asking me to be a part of it. I want to thank all the attendees for joining us in “never forgetting.” I want to extend a special thank you to all those who serve in law enforcement, the fire service, and our military branches across this great nation and around the world for all they do and sacrifice. God bless each of you and God bless America. Sincerely

Dr. H. William (Bill) Heller

I Remember to make sure I NEVER forget. I Honor to say THANKS. I Support because the wounds of war remain across time.

Michael Jones

Major General (Retired), US Army

The Patriots Day Prayer Breakfast is important in so many ways. It ensures we keep the memory of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and since ever present in our minds, it honors our brave first responders and service men and women who continue to serve, and it helps two tremendously worth causes that care for our people. I am honored to be a small part of it.