What did you do for Armed Forces Day?
After a short break, we’re back at Walter Reed!
Armed Forces Day weekend, our first luncheon of the year.
Thank you to those who serve – our Marines, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen, who sacrifice everyday and keep our country safe!
Suzan and Jane. Guy had to pass at the last minute. Please send good thoughts and energy to him, he’s still recovering from bronchitis.
SSG from the IWFLO was a tremendous help to us setting up and then later, packing up. You are so appreciated by us! Thank you!
It’s always an adventure with Suzan, a seasoned veteran Marine Mom whose son was with the Airwing when the Osprey was first being tested.
We first met in March 2006 at the Patriot Guard Mission for LCpl. Matthew Snyder. Matt’s mom, Julie, came on board MM-B a few years later, does the snack bags for us and helps at luncheons when she’s able. Small world, isn’t it…
There wasn’t time to take many pictures. Once we got everything upstairs things were pretty busy setting up, and then the folks began coming in. We served combat patients, their family members, regular surgical patients and their family members, and hospital staff.
Cheese platter, sandwich makings and all the fixin’s, chicken noodle soup, chips, fruit salad, all kinds of cookies, and assorted drinks.
Snack bags made up by Julie, quilts and pillowcases by Bayside Quilters of the Eastern Shore, and purple umbrellas were available to the patients and their guests if they wanted them.
After a week or more of rain here in Maryland, the umbrellas seemed like a great idea. The woman behind me in Walmart asked if they were being bought because of Prince and “Purple Rain”. I said, “No, they’re for ‘Purple Hearts’.” Turned out her sister had been at Walter Reed a few months ago for surgery. Small world, isn’t it…
Suzan brought this beautiful arrangement with her. At the end of the luncheon she gave it to one of the nurses’ stations. Thank you for your thoughtfulness, Suzan!
One of the patients’ wives helped us out in between keeping an eye on her husband. That was so sweet of her. Thank you!
At the request of the hospital staff, Suzan rocked the hallways delivering take out boxes to the patients. It got to where she’d pop in the room, fix a plate, give me orders for the next one, meanwhile I was manning the smoothie machine, serving our guests, and trying to play short order cook. Next time we’ll ask the staff to do this. Whew!
An older veteran visiting his wife hung out with us for a lot of the luncheon and even helped us pack up. We really enjoyed seeing pictures of his new grand-daughter and the wood-working he does. His sense of humor was great, too.
He asked if we had a panel van to bring the stuff to the hospital. Nope, just an old Ford wagon.
When he suggested maybe the smoothies needed a little sugar, I told him this was a recipe we always use… then I got home, discovered oops… not… he was right… So – apologies to the smoothie drinkers… next time we’ll be back on target with them!
The luncheon was appreciated by all. Thank you to our supporters for enabling us to make the day happen. Your support is so appreciated.
To those we met, whether a patient or family member, combat injured or a “regular” patient, or a staff member caring for the patients, your sacrifice is beyond any words we can say. Thank you for your dedication to this great country. It’s always an honor to serve you.
As Memorial Day approaches, please take a moment on that day to remember those who defended Freedom and paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.
Our next luncheon is August 22, 2016.
Service members are still serving all over the world in very dangerous places. Please keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.