Skip to comments.WALTER REED - DC: Post Closing Report May 23,2012
Posted on 05/23/2012 4:16:06 PM PDT by trooprally
MESSAGE FROM CINDY-TRUE-SUPPORTER:
"Yesterday I (Cindy_True_Supporter) and the mother of a wounded warrior that I met before the closing of Walter Reed- DC had the opportunity to have lunch with Cliff, the evening manager of the Mologne House at WRAMC. He conveyed to me how important our group was outside of Walter Reed with supportive signs of our wounded troops. He stressed that our presence was of tremendous importance in their recovery and in trying to deal with depression and self worth. Our appearance at the gate and on the corners in front of the hospital was something they could count on every Friday evening. They were so amazed that people would care enough to come out over a period of years in any weather condition without an agenda other than supporting our military. So many VIPs went into Walter Reed for a photo op and a pat on their own backs for showing support of our military. Cliff repeatedly remarked on the many times he was told by the patients and their families how much we were appreciated, and that we would probably never know how much good our efforts had on the recovery process of the wounded."
"He asked if our group still got together so I could extend a big THANK YOU on his behalf for Mologne House staff. Since we rarely see each other on a regular basis any more, Im writing this message to tell all of our group of patriots who came out to WRAMC - YOU WERE SO IMPORTANT IN THE HEALING OF OUR MILITARY!"
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We all have made a difference that we can be proud of.
Of Canteen Importance.
I am pleased that I could participate in a (too!) few of the WRAMC FReeps before I had to move to Floriduh to look after my late mother. Made a few more after I moved, but not nearly enough!
Each WRAMC FReep was VERY special. The FReeRepublic DC Chapter and all the other Real Americans who gave up their FRiday nights to thank our troops for their sacrifices are also VERY special.
Proud to be a FReeper, and glad that, in some small way, we made a difference to those troops.
Taxman Bravo Zulu! to each and every one of the FReepers, Lurkers and Real Americans who came out on FRiday to stand with us against the forces of evil.
Mega Taxman Bravo Zulus to the troops!
You all have every right to be proud of what you did! God Bless you all, and all our Wounded Warriors.
The DC Chapter have always been the most extraordinary FReepers where activism is concerned.
Bless you and keep you.
Mega Dittos on your kudos to the DC Chapter. [Mrs] T and I joined FR in the early months of the rallies. [We were on our 25 Anniversary cruise when ConcreteBob took over the moonbats corners.
Mega Thanks for your participation at WR.
Thanks from the DC Chapter
Good to hear from you.
DC Chapter is a great group to be associated with. Of course DC is a moonbat rich locale that keeps us on our toes.
Thanks for all you do
I love the wonderful memories I have for the few times I made it up from Texas to DC to stand with you guys.
You have all been an inspiration to me for years because of your dedication.
I’m pleased that some of the warriors looked forward to seeing the Freepers there every week.
Almost makes me want to catch up all the missed after-action reports...almost.
This thread is a keeper.
Well this made me cry! One of the best things I ever did while in D.C in the last decade. A sharp salute to all who served rain or shine.
You are welcome from the DC Chapter
You are welcome, but being one of the early stalwarts of the DC Chapter, I thank you for your patriotism and support.
Great minds think a like. I have been meaning to ask you about the archives. This would be a great thread to start with and work your way back. I could even lend a hand and FRmail you some of the links.
I have to admit I loved every night there.
Some memories are extra clear: Uncle Sam hat, bathing suit beauty, Darth Cheney Vader, President Bush, and dozens of red white and blue outfits and even shoes and handbags are special memories. I can’t even eat pizza without getting blurry vision!
I will miss seeing you all this summer. How about a reunion? I am sure the crazies will make a need for counter protests.
Yep, lots of memories, hurricanes, snow storms, thunder storms, one Friday started at 20 degrees and when we left it was 12 degrees.
Not having ever served, please accept my salute back at you. Thank you for your service.
Hey 3D. Every Friday you were there was memorable but you mentioned the more memorable ones.
First time we met was when you were in a wheel chair at Arlington Cemetery countering Phelps. It took you a while to get to WR that summer but you made it. You are one of the many close friends [Mrs] T and I have made at WR. Special thanks to you for spending your summer vacations with us.
A reunion without the crazies would be better. We periodically have Chapter meetings and then there is the Chapter Christmas Party. Hope to see you next time you are up this way even if it only a few of us. Mongolian BBQ anyone?
I am almost sure we will have an election night party but you will probably be busy where you are.
Thanks for the ping and to Cindy for relaying the message.
I have many fond memories of Friday night at Walter Reed: the best one was toward the time of closing and moving it, we had a sparkler parade from all 4 corners meet the bus of those who had gone out to dinner! And Bill’s patriotic music, the various military flags, all the great food... Joy is right - we need a reunion!
Another great memory. That was only the second time that the Molonge House dinner bus stopped. We all gathered on Lurker Bill’s corner to get onto the bus to thank our wounded warriors. Of course the sparklers had not yet gone out so that made it interesting outside the bus. If memory serves me still, didn’t both buses stop?
You all did a great job there, year after year.
It was an honor to come out there when ever I was in DC.
What a great response from the Warriors. It’s gratifying that they were so blessed.
I know I really enjoyed it when we went inside to talk to those Great Patriotic Americans!
Thanks. I appreciate your kind words.
Every FReep I participated in was simply outstanding!
Thank You DC Chapter for being there every week. Y’all represented we FReepers who live throughout this great country and were unable to join you.
Again, Thank You!
The visits inside were also memorable. Our donations took up two tables on Friday nights. To talk to the wounded warriors as they got cigarettes and CIGARS, sodas, candy, small gifts for their wives and kids was heart warming. I even got to play poker with them one Friday night after FReeping. Long night.
Great bunch of soldiers after being through so much.
You are welcome.
The weekly AARs were sometimes later than we wanted but as you say, they were there for all of FR to share in our support of our troops.
A special thanks to all the writers and picture takers of the AARs.
Thanks for relayong CTS’s note. Nice way to start the weekend.
Bump and kudos to all for your support of our troops!!
This Massachusetts Freeper salutes all of you for your often under appreciated efforts to make sure that the liberal moonbat antiwar voices were not the only ones that our troops heard.
Growing up in a military family in the sixties and seventies and seeing how our veterans were treated post-Vietnam, I had vowed I would never again stand silently by and watch it happen.
Thanks to all of you, I had a viable option to fulfill that vow.
I am grateful to all of you for that, and for the opportunity to have met you and stood with you on those rare occasions I was able to participate.
All of you, the Trooprallys, CTS, Guns, Frax, Concrete Bob, Lurker Bill, kristinn, BufordP, and so many more, I feel that I have made friends for life. You know the kind...even if you don’t see them for 10 years, when you do, it is as if no time has passed.
And a special thanks to you two, Mr. and Mrs. Trooprally. I thank you both for the most obvious hospitality you have rendered me, my family (Mike and Al) and friends (veeram) whenever we have been in the area.
But mort of all, I thank you for your dogged persistence, dedication, and effort in your support of our military. Most people on FR will never know, but I do, in spades.
Of all things, your courage to say what needed saying, when it needed saying in the face of obnoxious opposition, was the epitome of patriotism.
Principles without courage is wasted. Courage without principles is futile. But courage with principles is a powerful combination.
That the troops in Walter Reed took notice of the efforts you spearheaded is clear, and it is the gratitude of those who most consistently display both courage and principles that counts the most.
I am always a bit over the edge, aren’t I?
We should all add memories of the weeks there.
Burma Shave Signs
Good thing Moochele did not stop by the Friday when we had Red-Hot ‘n Blue BBQ for our 4th of July party. She would have fallen over from the aroma of the BBQ sauce.
Your support at WR helped to made this possible.
DC Chapter Master Ping List to ADD YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY AT WALTER REED. If you could not make a WR Rally but liked a particular AAR, please add your thoughts.
Since I pinged the Chapter I get to add two:
The first night that the bus stopped so the troops could thank us for our support. It was another extremely cold night.
And our BIG 9-11-2009 Rally the weekend of the Beck's 9-12 Rally and the FR Convention.
BufordP's Walter Reed Archives in case you want to check a particular week.
Yep, better late than never concerning our Vets. If the internet was available back during Vietnam, our Vets would be receiving the same support that our current Vets are receiving. Most people just did not know that there were so many patriots out there. The media sure screwed our Vets just as they are trying to screw them now.
Yep, Walter Reed could not have been so successful if it were not for patriots as yourself, Veeram and CDfingers.
And a humble thank you for your kind words about [Mrs] T and myself.
Please ping the list for me.
God bless you all. Well done.
I thought the Tribute on Youtube was great...I sat here and watched it four or five times straight, all the while with a grin and tear....
It is not complete but has most of them in here.
Is this the one with the photos of FReepers and the patriotic back ground music?
If so Lurker Bill put it together for our 3 year anniversary. Then ConcreteBob got the “right” to post videos longer than 10 minutes.
Even if it is not the one, could you please post the link.
Lurker Bill put it together for our 3 year anniversary
That’s the one....sadly it’s no longer available...I was going to post it here before...*smiles*
it said 29:51..by dcpw1776
Taxman, Last time I saw you, you were in your skives, has your dress standard improved?
Hi Troop, it’s nice to see old FRiends. You already know what all those Friday nights meant to me. I don’t think I missed many AARs. It was like being there in spirit. So, I can imagine how much it meant to the wounded warriors. I’m sure that no words can express how much you guys helped the moral of those wounded souls in that hospital. I think now about the place they are being taken at Bethesda. Who is there to cheer them on? My deep regret is that I never could find a way to get to D.C. to stand with you. Thank you all for your Friday sacrifices for those who deserved them. God bless you all.
Boxers or Briefs?
I think the week we had the huge crowd and set up the tents was one to remember. We made so many new friends that night and met people we had only known on this site!
Everytime the bus stopped right in the road and turned on the lights was a tear-jerking experience.
Jim, It was a very special night when you rolled out there to be with us!
I have seen you in Washington many times over the years and know that I am a better person because of your “Free Republic”.
Thank you for the wonderful people, and many friends, I have met at these events.
Thank you very much, dear friend.
No longer available - bummer.
The “dcpw” is for DC Protest Warrior. This is a group that plays head games with the moonbats. When the moonbats march in protest, they jump in front of the protestors’ march holding signs like “Clueless Morons Marching”.
Great picture. President Bush recently did a bike ride with our wounded warriors. No fan fare, no self adulation, no “I” or “me”.
You are welcome from the DC Chapter for the kudos. You may not have been able to attend any WR Rallies but your support of our wounded warriors continues is so many other ways. Thank you.
Semper Fi from a father of an active duty Marine.