It was a beautiful Veterans Day at the Soldiers Home in D.C. Residents and guests gathered at the flagpole to honor the service of those who live at the retirement home as well as all other veterans, deceased and alive. The service was moving, as new soldiers greeted veterans and veterans proudly wore on their chest the recognition they had received during their service. Retired soldiers, sailors and airmen — both men and women — stood from their wheelchairs for the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem. The Nam Nights and others joined residents for a final photograph after the ceremony ended. Yes, indeed, it was a beautiful day.
Story and photos by Liz Cocke.
As you can see from these photos, we had a WILD and scary time at Happy Hour at the Soldiers Home last week. Who knows who was underneath that crazy witch costume! We played a fun game of poker, got a prize for guessing a weight of the pumpkins, told bad jokes, laughed at the volunteers’ outfits and enjoyed conversation with the Soldiers Home residents. Remember, Happy Hour happens the last Tuesday of each month. Come and join us Nov. 24 as we celebrate this beautiful autumn! Contact volunteerfriendsofsoldiers (at) gmail (dot) com.
Photos and story by Liz Cocke.
Friends of the Soldiers Home provided some nice front-row seating for Home residents at a hospitality tent on a beautiful day at one of the biggest BMX bike races on the East Coast. Friends volunteers, as well as members of DCMTB and Crosshairs cycling, teamed up to collect donations and provide services that benefit the AFRH residents at the race held last weekend at the Home’s campus. Catholic University student nurses made hearty chili with corn bread to serve the residents who came to the event. This was a win-win all around as everyone enjoyed the chili and the races on a beautiful day on the campus! Story and photos courtesy of Mike Potvin.