Skip to comments.Marine Barracks Holds Valentine Lunch for Wounded Warriors (Brothers Loving Brothers: Marine Style)
Posted on 02/17/2008 3:22:26 PM PST by SandRat
WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2008 It was a Valentines Day lunch, and there was a lot of love in the air for wounded warriors at the Marine Barracks here yesterday.
Retired Marine Gen. Peter Pace and his wife, Lynne, continued a tradition they started during his service as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Paces hosted picnics at their quarters for wounded warriors and their families, and hosted this at historic Crawford Hall a beautifully restored section of the Marine Barracks founded in 1801. The Marine Bands Free Country Quartet down to a trio due to sickness provided the entertainment.
This is quite simply to say that we love you, Pace told the warriors. (This event) is in some small way a chance to tell you your fellow countrymen respect you and what youve done for all of us.
Pace told the servicemembers and their families, There are no rules: just relax and enjoy yourselves.
And they did. More than 30 wounded personnel undergoing treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., enjoyed a meal donated by Franco Nuchese, owner of Café Milano an A-list Georgetown restaurant.
Im not sure what I just ate, said Army Sgt. Brad Judd, a Utah National Guardsman undergoing treatment at Walter Reed. Told it was eggplant parmegian, he said, Whod have thought eggplant could taste so good?
Vice President Richard B. Cheneys daughters Mary and Elizabeth turned out to help serve and to speak with the servicemembers and their families, and the Marine Corps leadership turned out in force. Marine Commandant Gen. James T. Conway, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. James E. Cartwright, Assistant Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Magnus and Marine Lt. Gen. John F. Sattler, the Joint Staffs strategy chief, and their ladies came to meet and mingle with the wounded servicemembers.
Enlisted aides from all services donated their time and expertise to the event. We sent a e-mail out asking for volunteers, and everyone responded, said Marine Gunnery Sgt. Patrick Modreski, an enlisted aide who works with the Cartwrights.
Three of the wounded warriors had one leg among them and that one had just had an operation.
I was doing well; I was up and walking, but had a setback. They had to do the operation, said Marine Cpl. Chad Watson. But that was it. Ill be up and walking again in no time. Watsons goal is to walk down the aisle in August for his marriage to his fiancée, Jillian.
Family was a big part of the lunch, and children soon hit a sugar high with the candied hearts and chocolate that decorated each of the 17 tables. Three-year-old Kelsey Hennagin was a perpetual motion machine, running between the tables and charming everyone in sight. When she finally ran down, she sat in her fathers lap in his motorized wheelchair he lost both legs to an improvised explosive device in June 2007. Marine Cpl. Ray Hennagin showed one and all a cell-phone picture of him standing on his new legs. Just got fitted two days ago, he said. Looks pretty good, huh?
None of these young men or women see themselves as victims, said Ambassador Lloyd Hand, who also attended. They all want to get through recovery and move on.
In fact, Hand told Marine 1st Lt. Andrew Kinnard, a severely wounded platoon leader who is working in DoDs general counsels office, to give him a call after he gets his law degree.
Thanks for the post.
OXOX go out to all our wounded warriors.:) You are always close to America’s heart.
Sigh. Reminds me of the time I attended a luncheon along with a bunch of wounded Marines at the Commandant’s house there at the barracks. Mrs. Hagee was really nice.
General and Mrs. Pace continue to be a class act.
I’ve had the fortune of knowing Pete since 1987.
A “Marine’s Marine.”
As nice as me?
If google the phrase “class act” you will be referred to and be told about “Pete Pace.”
His kind will not come this way again anytime soon.
General Louis H. Wilson, USMC (CMC)
Toast given at 203rd Marine Corps Birthday Ball
Camp Lejeune, N.C. 1978
The wonderful love of a beautiful maid,
The love of a staunch true man,
The love of a baby, unafraid,
Have existed since time began.
But the greatest of loves, The quintessence of loves,
even greater than that of a mother,
Is the tender, passionate, infinite love,
of one drunken Marine for another.
I’ll testify, AND drink to that!
“As nice as me?”
Ma, Silke Hagee was nice enough to put up with me. You were nice enough to hang with me at the GOE rally and not kick my butt.