Amid the cold and chilling wind, Project Enduring Pride members and staff joined in with some of our nation's wounded warriors and honored two survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7th, 1941. Survivors honor were USS Taney (CG) and former Marine Sergeant Tom Bolton of Baltimore.
A wounded warrior from Walter Reed-Bethesda also attended, Wounded Warrior Brian of Parkersburg, West Virginia. More than 150 former Taney shipmates and currently serving US CG members “manned the rails” and did the honors for the celebration. A Total of 350 participated in the day.
Marine Sergeant Bolton and Wounded Warrior Bria were asked to toss the ceremonial wreath from the port side of the ship into the Patapsco River in Baltimore Harbor. Sgt Bolton gave his energy up for those from December 7th which he remembered quite well this morning, and Warrior Bria for those of his unit that fell in Afghanistan. Taps were then played as a flag that flew over the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor caught the breeze and billowed out amid a glow of sunshine remembering those 1,000 sailors and Marines still entombed in that ship’s hull.
Upon completion of the services and ceremony PEP’s participants some 17 retired to the nearby James Joyce Restaurant where management served a great lunch for all.
Enjoy photos from this special event within the slide show below.
Enduring Pride Christmas Party - December 8, 2013
It was the night before the week before Christmas and New York Firefighters and Project Enduring Pride staff members alike moved among the wounded handing out gifts or listening to Captain “Elvis” Woody of Charlotte, N.C. interrupt his version of “Elvis Presley” works. This was the 8th consecutive year of putting on the Christmas gathering for the Wounded Warriors with the closely associated NYFD. More than 240 families attending the afternoon and evening gathering in the Warrior Café. The December 8th function held in Building 62 of Walter Reed Bethesda campus was a prelude the many WW being released for Christmas home leave or out-processing from the military. Captain Woody acted as the producer of the show and Master of Ceremony. More than a dozen PEP volunteers worked with the firemen to bring the gifts, food, and music to the WW for the affair.
Enjoy photos from this special event within the slide show below, from the 8th picture through the 25th.
Wreaths Across America - December 14, 2013
For the fifth consecutive year, members of Project Enduring Pride (PEP) heading down to Arlington National Cemetery on a December Saturday morning to begin setting out Christmas Wreaths among the stone monuments to those former service members resting in the “Garden of Stones”. More than 3675 people mustered at the gates and waited for the Army, who supervises the National Cemetery, opened the way and allowed the volunteers into the sections. Many volunteers carried personal wreaths for family members and loved ones.
It was estimated more than 4,000 wreaths were brought into the cemetery and set out at the grave sites. PEP donated more than 50 wreaths to the celebration of the season and honoring our many fallen comrades. Among the graves visited were that of Walter Reed, founder of modern military medicine; Major General Mologne, who is remembered by the naming of the WW hotel at the Georgia Ave complex of Walter Reed; Audie Murphy of WWIII and Korean fame; Colonel Nick Rowe of the Special Forces; and fellow Special Operators in Section 60.
PEP does this task each year as a true tribute to those who served with us, and those that did not make it out of conflict when many PEP volunteers were able to do so. This is an annual event and we will be held again next year the second week of December.
Enjoy photos from this special event within the slide show below, from the 26th picture through the 33rd.
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