Happy 240th Birthday, United States Marines!

 

Happy 240th Birthday, Marines!

This evening, November 10, all over the country and beyond, Marines are celebrating their birthday. They weren’t born under a cabbage leaf, you know.  They were born in a tavern.  Tun Tavern.

And ever since, for 240 years, they’ve been Defending Freedom.

Choptank MCL Detachment's Banner

I had the pleasure of attending Choptank Marine Corps League Detachment’s Marine Corps Birthday Party at the VFW in Easton, MD tonight.  The Detachment adopted Marine Moms-Bethesda back in 2009, supporting our mission at Bethesda, then Walter Reed after the two hospitals combined.

Signing in
Guests signed in as they came through the door, were given a raffle ticket for the door prizes, had raffle tickets available to purchase for the 50/50, and there was a table to sign cards to be given to the patients at Walter Reed during our December 6th luncheon.

Continue reading Happy 240th Birthday, United States Marines!

November 8, 2015-4th Floor: Our Thanksgiving, Happy Birthday Marines, and Thank You Veterans Luncheon All Rolled Into One!

Over the years, our November luncheons have become a celebration of the Marine Corps’ Birthday and Veterans Day. I remember a few years ago, a Marine in a wheelchair came into the luncheon room and all he wanted was a piece of cake.  He told us he hadn’t had a piece of birthday cake and was so glad we had one. Another year, Janet had brought a huge turkey and we had all the fixin’s for a good southern Thanksgiving meal.  I was outside of the luncheon room next to the niftie-giftie table and a Marine in a wheelchair came out of the room with a heaping plate and a turkey leg laying right smack on top of everything, with a huge grin on his face.  It’s the little things…

The ward was pretty quiet this luncheon.

The Team: Dina, Deb, and Jane, with help from Julie, and Ryan from the Inpatient Warrior Family Office.

The Menu: deviled eggs, turkey & gravy, sliced ham, cornbread dressing, green beans, chicken noodle soup, fresh fruit salad, assorted rolls, assorted drinks, fresh smoothies, pumpkin pie, and of course, USMC Birthday Cake!

buffet

 

green beans and stuffing

 

 

 

 

 

3_fruit and desserts

 

 

 

 

 

5_niftie gifties and drinks

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Niftie-Gifties: quilts, pillowcases (from Bayside Quilters), hand-knit slippers (from Carole and the Castaways) and scarves (from Dina), DVDs (from Dina’s friend), and snack bags (made up by our “Bag Lady”, Julie).

Every luncheon has at least one moment that stays with us. Dina sent me this after the luncheon:

“I’m still thinking of that sweet lady/mom that jumped right in and helped us and then checked in on us again as we were cleaning up.  What a blessing she was!  I wish I got to talk to her some more.”

She was so helpful!  She checked back in with us while we were packing up, on her way to the Fisher House to see if we needed help.  We gave her extra snack bags to give out to people she knew there.

Many thanks to our volunteers and supporters for your help making the luncheon a success. You are SO appreciated!

Happy 240th Birthday, Marines!

Birthday cake
240 Years!

 

 

 

 

 

 

To our Veterans, thank you for serving!

Until next time, continued prayers for our military and their families.

With Respect,

Jane

 

 

 

This Veterans Day, Honoring those who have served. Thank you for defending FREEDOM!

 

 

October 4, 2015 – 4th floor: Hurricanes and Heroes

So… a hurricane formed down in the Bahamas the week before the luncheon.

Okay, no problem, this storm will be here and gone before the weekend gets here. Or so we thought.

Joquain decided to take his good ol’ sweet time spinning around down there traveling 3 or 4 miles an hour for what seemed like forever. It’s so easy to let oneself be dragged into the panic of a potentially deadly hurricane traveling up the Chesapeake Bay and by 2 PM Wednesday I was wondering if we should cancel.

Hurricane Joquain's projected path
Hurricane Joquain’s projected path.

By Friday the path was forecast far enough away we were comfortable enough to go through with the luncheon. Then we worried about wind restrictions and the Bay Bridge being closed. Thankfully it all worked out.

The Team:

Dina, Deb, and myself.  Thank you, Ladies! Job well done!  And thank you to the Corpsman who came in on his day off to check on us, we appreciated your help!

Deb and Dina unloading the cars. A few years back these carts would be crammed full and stacked 3 feet high and we'd make three or four trips with them, unloading the cars. Deb and Dina unloading the cars. One trip did it.  A few years back we’d make three or four trips with the carts and they would be three feet high on top and the bottom would be chock full of stuff. Continue reading October 4, 2015 – 4th floor: Hurricanes and Heroes

Holiday Cheer 2015: Cards and “Elfie-ness”

Holiday Cheer 2015 logo

It’s hard to believe this will be our 9th “Holiday Cheer event”!

Once again we’ll be bringing Holiday Cheer to patients and families so far from home at Walter Reed/Bethesda over the holidays!

This year’s “Holiday Cheer will be a little different and consist of:

  1. A “Holiday Cheer” luncheon on the inpatient surgical ward at Walter Reed, serving all service branches.
  2. “Elfie Gifts” for a Marine family with children, and two single Marines.
  3. “Holiday Cheer” Cards Campaign.

We’re pretty excited, and also honored to have this opportunity to serve those who’ve served us and who are so far away from home during the holidays.

See the Elfie details by clicking “continue” or click here for the AAR.

Please note:
The final postmark deadline for “Holiday Cheer” is Monday, November 16, 2015.

Continue reading Holiday Cheer 2015: Cards and “Elfie-ness”

September 6, 2015: 4th Floor – Bits & Pieces

Sandwich fixin's - lettuce, onions and tomatoesThe Menu:

Deli Platter– Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef

Potato Salad

Green Beans

Chicken Noodle Soup

Fresh Fruit Platter

Potato Chips

Mini Cupcakes

Smoothies

Soft Drinks, Juice & Water

The Team:

Mary, Jillian, and Jane. 

Thank you for your continued support and dedication to Marine Moms-Bethesda’s mission for the past five years, Mary and Jillian.

quilts, pillowcases, and cardsThe Niftie Gifties

Continue reading September 6, 2015: 4th Floor – Bits & Pieces

July 19, 2015 – 4th Floor: We Never Know…

LCplSmitty says "Welcome!"
LCpl. Smitty welcoming our guests to the luncheon.

 

Nope, we don’t.  With the number of combat casualties down this year the luncheons have become smaller.  We’re serving more non-combat patients than we are combat patients.  When Dina asked how many to plan for I gave her smaller number than we’ve ever taken food for, based on the last few luncheons and they ended up serving almost three times that number.  Okay, so we’re always worried we’re going to run out… She tells me they had very little in the way of leftovers.

Continue reading July 19, 2015 – 4th Floor: We Never Know…

Chattanooga

EGA Courtesy PhotoUpdate 7/18/2015:

Our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of PO2 Smith.

Sailor dies after being wounded in Chattanooga shooting

http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/2015/07/18/sailor-dies-after-being-wounded-chattanooga-shooting/30339493

A male petty officer wounded in Thursday’s shooting rampage in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has died.

The critically wounded sailor had been undergoing treatment at a local hospital after being shot at the Navy Operational Support Center where four Marines were killed. The Navy statement did not give the sailor’s name, but was identified by family as Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith, a reservist serving on active duty in Chattanooga, according to the Associated Press. (more at the link)


PENTAGON — It is with deep regret and heartfelt sorrow that the Marine Corps can officially confirm that the following Marines were killed on July 16, 2015, at the combined Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee:

Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan (USMC) of Hampden, Massachusetts
Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt (USMC) of Burke, North Carolina
Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist (USMC) of Polk, Wisconsin
Lance Cpl. Squire K. Wells (USMCR) of Cobb, Georgia

“Please keep our fallen Marines in Tennessee and their families in your thoughts and prayers,” said Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr, Commandant of the Marine Corps. “Also pray for a speedy recovery of those wounded and affected by this tragedy. Our focus remains on supporting the families of our Marines.”

Semper Fidelis, Marines.

More: http://go.usa.gov/3GkBw

July 17, 2015:

Our deepest sympathy and condolences to the families, friends, and Brothers & Sisters of the four Marines murdered in yesterday’s shootings in Chattanooga.

When our sons and daughters join the United States Marine Corps, their families are “drafted” by default. “Welcome to the Marine Corps Family” are words we’ll never forget hearing when we met his or her recruiter the first time.  Little did we know…

And little do most people know how deeply this cuts into the hearts of this large extended Family all across our Nation.

We’re grateful for the fast response of Chattanooga’s Law Enforcement and EMTs when the call went through.

We wish the three who were wounded a complete and speedy recovery.

And we’re grateful for the men and women who so selflessly serve our country.

Be vigilant.

Semper Fidelis.

Respectfully,

Jane

 

 

 

 

EGA and Black Ribbon

Independence Day 2015

Hitting the big “6-0” earlier this year has had me wandering back in my mind to childhood memories…

In the early to mid-sixties Dad was stationed at Otis Air Force Base on Cape Cod, in the great State, or as they call it, “Commonwealth”, of Massachusetts.

We’d have a BBQ and he would invite three or four of the younger Airmen, so far from home, over for food and fun.  A few of the neighbors would come over, too.  Continue reading Independence Day 2015

Bringing "Comforts of Home" to Bethesda (now Walter Reed NMMC) since 2005.