Skip to comments.Memorial Day Weekend at Walter Reed, Week 267, May 28, 2010
Posted on 05/30/2010 7:14:43 AM PDT by kburi
FRONT GATE NOTES
Banners, signs and flags played a prominent role in sparking honks, waves and comments all night. Although the forecast called for possible thunderstorms, we got only a few drops.
One military wife driving into Walter Reed pulled over to talk and to thank us for being here. Her husband had lost a leg and we thanked her and her husband for their sacrifice.
Other Notes Worth Noting
Carla and John from New Jersey visited all evening for the third time in a year. Some of us will see them along Constitution Ave during Rolling Thunder. Their mission is to hand out thank yous to veterans.
A special surprise tonight was a visit from Margaret from the Aleethia Foundation.
Since there was no bus, she brought sandwiches and cupcakes for the Freepers and guests.
The card from Aleethia said
Thank You Freepers! For the Support of the Troops.
Meeting her was a highlight as she is Aleethias coordinator for the Friday night dinners given for the wounded warriors and their families. She let us know just how much the soldiers appreciate seeing flag waving and troop supporting Americans on their return from dinner.
Memorial Day Note
Memorial Day is not just a day for backyard barbeques, picnics and time off from work. It is the day we honor and remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, their life.
And we salute our present and past military men and women who make weekends with family and friends possible.
In his Memorial Day message, Thomas Tradewell, Sr., Commander-In-Chief, Veterans of Foreign Wars said
Sacrifice is meaningless without remembrance. Far too often, the nation as a whole takes for granted the freedoms all Americans enjoy. Those freedoms were paid for with the lives of others few of us actually knew.
Thats why they are all collectively remembered on one special day.
The Aleethia Foundation
The main focus of the Aleethia Foundation is the Friday Night Dinners for the wounded troops from Walter Reed Army Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center.
It is a small group of volunteers, no paid staff or overhead. All collected money is spent on the troops. While injured troops receive medical care to heal their physical wounds, The Aleethia Foundation honors them with opportunities to enjoy some time away from the hospital environment. Troops say these occasions make them feel truly 'at home'.
In 2009, the foundation provided dinners on 42 Friday nights with an average of about 75 people per dinner
Aleethia has been doing dinners every Friday night since October of 2003. Most of the dinners are paid for by contributions from individuals and a few from corporations. The dinners cost from $3,000 to $5,000 per week.
For more information about the Aleethia Foundation, a 501(c)3 corporation, please visit their website www.aleethia.org
HONOR ROLL for May 28, 2010,
Mr and Mrs Trooprally, Lurker Bill, Fraxinus, Rongkirby, Victory NY, Tolerance SucksRocks, Gunsareok, Kburi, plus visitors Margaret, Aleethia Foundation, and John and Carla from New Jersey.
WRAMC Anti - War Protester News
Tonight about seven including 2 or 3 who showed up very late, probably to get their union check.
The DC Chapter invites you to join us every Friday night between the hours of 6:30pm to approx 9:30pm.
BufordP's Walter Reed FReep archive
May 28, 2010 Photos, (courtesy of Mrs Trooprally)
Thank You To Our Troops You did Not Fail
Trooprally and Margaret of Aleethia Foundation
Visitors John and Carla
VictoryNY and GunsAreOk
Lurker Bill and Kburi
Sandwiches, Cookies and Cupcakes
DC PING 1
DC PING 2
A big thank you from Freepers who live too far away to be there in person to stand beside you.
God bless all of you and God bless our troops past, present, and future.
All of you do our nation and FR proud!!!
Terrific! thank you so much!
And my God bless you girl. You are a true patriot. GOD BLESS AMERICA!
God bless all of you stalwart Freepers who are there every Friday night, representing all of us who can’t be there.
You are gaining stars in your crowns......
Couldn't help myself.
It was a great night last Friday and your AAR does it well. Lots of soldiers and their families walking by on these warm nights - Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold, dang, couldn't help myself again.
WOW is that fast!
Thank you for the report and the great news about visitors.
YOU ARE APPRECIATED! It is nice to hear the “bus riders” know about your dedication too.
TAXMAN BRAVO ZULU! to all of you!
Thanks for what you are doing.
Thank you again, for giving part of your weekend to our troops. You are all great Americans.
Great report/pics. Thanks, kburi and all in attendence. FR’s finest honoring America’s finest.
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