On July 7th, 2011, Operation Ward 57 held its “Ward 57 Farewell” event at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. This event, which was open to patients, family members, staff and alumni of wards 57 and 58, provided a chance to come together to recognize the history and significance of Walter Reed over the years to everyone involved. It gave us all a chance to say good-bye as main operations are transferred to surrounding clinics and Bethesda Hospital in the weeks and months ahead.
The Farewell Event was held in the enclave outside both Wards 57 & 58. We were blessed with sunny but warm weather instead of previously forecasted rainy weather. The theme was luau which gave everyone a chance to come dressed in their best Hawaiian-themed attire. During the course of the evening Hawaiian theme entertainment was provided by Luau dancers. They also taught lessons for those participating. Thank you to our volunteers and MAJ Reyes, the new OIC, who were brave and participated in the first round of lessons. Also Chaz Allen a double amputee as well as nurse Adam Meckler participated. You can see video of the guys here (posted by Chaz’s family).
Operation Ward 57 distributed gift bags to the patients and specially designed shirts to the staff. Prior to the meal a special awards ceremony was held to recognize the contributions of the volunteers of Operation Ward 57 and selected staff members of Wards 57 & 58.
The event was catered by Hawaiian Catering company which was perfect for our luau theme. Also cupcakes donated from the famous Georgetown Cupcakes contributed to the evenings feast. Both were a tremendous hit with both Operation Ward 57 and the participants of the event. Over 150 individuals were able to partake and enjoy the meal served.
We would like say a special thank you to the following individuals:
Board member Steven Johnson
Thank you for attending the nights festivities and participating.
Laura and Katie
You are where the rubber meets the pavement. You ARE Operation Ward 57. Thank you for everything you do.
Country Boy Crawlers Nathan Ramos and John Purser
Thank you for volunteering as well as supporting Operation Ward 57. You helped tremendously and I know the patients enjoyed meeting you and hearing about what you guys are offering as a part of your foundation.