On November 10, 2010 Mrs. Bush, BCL, and a group of Woodstock students participated in Veterans National Awareness Week by visiting Loch Raven VA Community Living & Rehab Center in Baltimore.
Students spent over two hours passing out donated care items and going room to room visiting over 60 veterans and thanking them for their service. The care items, collected by the Greater Patapsco Community Association (GPCA) and Woodstock staff, included items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, hair brushes, notepads, pens, shampoo, body wash, body lotion, socks and much more.
The students were given Veterans Day pins that they pinned on every veteran they encountered during the course of their visit. They even had the opportunity to play Wii with the veterans and play catch with a bouncy ball in the lounge area. The students put a smile on the veterans faces and they were greatly appreciative of their thanks.
Throughout their visit, Woodstock students shared how proud they were to shake the hands of American heroes. The experience was powerful, students said, to talk to veterans whose lives were changed forever as a result of being injured in combat while fighting for our freedom.
When thanked for his service, one veteran replied “it was my duty and more importantly, it was my honor.”
Thank you to all the veterans; it was our honor to serve you.