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New Meetup: Armed Forces Retirement Home Visit

From: Jeanette
Sent on: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 9:56 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for 20's & 30's Networking and Social Group - Jaycees!

What: Armed Forces Retirement Home Visit

When: Sunday, May 16,[masked]:00 AM

Armed Forces Retirement Home
3700 N. Capitol St NW
Washington, DC

This is cross-posted on the Annapolis Fans page.

I had an opportunity to visit the Armed Forces Retirement Home last Fall and have been meaning to make time to get back there again ever since... Then I thought others in our group might like to spend an afternoon with these incredible men and women... so I'm making it a Meetup!

What is the AFRH? Their site says,
"For more than a century and a half, veteran airmen, Marines, sailors and soldiers have enjoyed the finest lifestyles in their retirement. The tradition continues with both the Gulfport and Washington campuses of the Armed Forces Retirement Home, model retirement centers with facilities and services designed with our residents in mind." but I think it's who is at the AFRH that make it such an amazing place to visit.

WHO is there is: "Veterans of the homes come from every state in the Union, all walks of life and have served in every war from World War I through Operation Desert Storm. In fact, more than 95 percent served in combat in at least one war, many in two wars and some even in three. With an average age of 76, the largest percentage of residents are WWII veterans. Living at the homes are veterans who were at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked, survived the Bataan Death March, stormed the beaches in North Africa, Sicily and Italy, scaled the cliffs at Omaha Beach on D-Day, held the line during the Battle of the Bulge, liberated Nazi concentration camps, and recaptured the Philippines and Iwo Jima. Nearly 93 percent of the residents retired with 20 years or more in the military. One of the residents at the AFRH fought at Pearl Harbor and Iwo Jima; during his second combat tour in Korea he was captured and held as a POW for three years. He became one of the first 30 E-9s in the U.S. Army. After retiring, he came to the ARFH and has lived there for 38 years; without the slightest hesitation he will tell you it's his only home." (source)

I am coordinating with the home's Volunteer Services to see if they need any active help on projects that day (stay tuned for updates!), but if nothing else the residents are thrilled to just have company and tell stories of their lives. We will arrive just before lunch and be able to walk the grounds and visit, then enjoy lunch in the cafeteria with some of our new friends. Bring $10 cash for lunch.

Parking is limited at the Home, so we'll be carpooling from the Annapolis Mall (meet in the parking lot of Bank of America by Sears). We will plan to return and be back at the Mall by 2:00.

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