Honor Flight – Greet WWII Veterans at Armed Forces Retirement Home on April 5

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From an email:

What: Come greet 25 DC-area WWII veterans and give them the ‘welcome home’ that has been owed to them for nearly 70 years. It’s quite easy: simply applaud, cheer and say ‘thank you’ to the veterans.
Where: Armed Forces Retirement Home, 140 Rock Creek Church Rd, NW, DC 20111 – free parking at AFRH
When: Saturday, April 5 at 3:15pm EDT – veterans arrive at 4:00pm sharp, so folks will need time to park, walk to greeting area, etc.
Why: Help us to honor our Greatest Generation; let’s let these amazing men and women know that their service all those years ago has not been forgotten.”

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8 Comment

  • I think a great way to honor them would be to lower the crime outside the gates of the AFRH. The campus itself is beautiful ….until you step outside at certain times of day.

  • I will definitely be there. It would be a great way to say thank you to a generation who won’t be around much longer. What a great and important event.

  • I work with these guys in their clinic a couple times a week. They are the cutest, sweetest men/women and have the best stories to tell. I’d love to try to make this.

    • I’ve performed there with some other local Blues musicians. Great stage (an old movie theater) and a really nice crowd. It was nice to provide some free entertainment for the veterans. I was expecting a depressing old nursing home but I was pleasantly surprised. They even had a bar there! I hope someday I can retire and live in a home that has a bar.

  • Thanks for posting this. We are leading lives of comfort and prosperity, thanks in large part to the efforts of these vets.

  • This sounds like a great event. Also, there are regular volunteer opportunties every week at AFRH, including weekly “saloon” night. We did it with our then 10 month old last Fall and the guys were so great and appreciative. I checked ahead of time to make sure I could bring baby and they were thrilled and totally flexible on how long we stayed etc. Basically we helped escort men to the rec room, handed out pizza and drinks and just chatted with folks. A lot of these guys live very far from family and grandkids etc, so having younger folks, babies and kids around was a real treat. They were so kind trying to get my daughter to laugh.
    The grounds are also really beautiful so this is a great chance to see them and do something worthwhile.

  • PP here.
    Here is a link to the Friends of the Soldiers Home page if people want to learn more about volunteering. Its a real gem in the City and the Friends groups is working very hard to integrate more into the surrounding community.
    https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfSoldiers

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