Willow Brook News
I’ve been asked multiple times today about my trip this weekend to Washington DC with Delaware Run veteran Navy Captain John Tombarge, so I thought I would take a minute to tell everyone.
The trip was absolutely beyond anything I could’ve imagined, truly. The magnitude of Honor Flight was unreal....welcoming crowds of people at all arrival points, police escort all throughout DC all day, announcement of the veterans and the flights at both airports...truly, these veterans are treated with celebrity status all day long. We visited many of the monuments, passed the White House, watched the changing of the guard, and saw many, many things on Saturday. I am hopeful to gather my pictures and create a slide show to share with you all.
There were 83(!) veterans that were on our flight Saturday. Several WWII vets, and 2 Purple Heart recipients. It was an absolute honor to spend the day with these men, hear their stories, and watch them take in our Nation’s Capital. For many, it was their first visit. It was humbling to say the least.
For those of you who took the time to write out a thank you that was passed out to our own Captain Tombarge at the end of the day, during ‘Mail Call’; thank you. He was touched...touched to the point of tears.
For Julie Bardelang who arranged and did all the ‘leg work’ to submit applications, arrange our police escort to the airport, rides back and who met him to see him off to the airport at 3:45am, and to see him return at 10pm- thank you is not enough words. Your deeds are so appreciated, truly. Tom was so touched.
For those of you who do not know about Honor Flight and what is is and what they do, I encourage you to look at this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9E7GLdYhm3s or to check out their web site: https://www.honorflight.org/
At the end of the day yesterday, I heard so many different Veterans say ‘This is the best day of my life’, or some so touched they had no words. I encourage all of you who may know Veterans to talk to them about Honor Flight and consider submitting an application to go- it is the experience of a Lifetime. On our flight, we had O2 dependent Vets, WC dependent Vets, early dementia vets, a blind vet, and some dependent on WC lifts to enter/exit the bus. Truly, they will try to accommodate any special needs to get the Vet to be able to go. 1:1 assistance is provided to the Vet all day long.
Thank you again Larry and Willow Brook who allowed me to go as Tom’s Guardian for the day. I had never been to DC, and to be able to go with Tom and his fellow Veterans was a most humbling and memorable thing- Thank You.
At the end of the day we were sitting in Baltimore waiting to board for our return flight home. Randomly, someone started singing ‘God Bless America’, our Veterans Stood and removed their hats- it was as if the whole Air Port was singing. It was truly touching.
“Our debt to the Heroic Men and Valiant Women in the service of our Country can never be repaid, they have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices’. President Harry Truman
~ Tiffany Wilson, Nurse Case Manager
Cherith Care Center at Willow Brook
The Full Sound Chamber Group performed to a delighted audience last night. They were the February offering for Willow Brook's monthly "Music at the Summit" series. The string quintet is made up of five Loritsch brothers. Shalem and Chesed played the violins, Chayah was on the viola, Racham on the cello, and Tisdqah the double-bass and piano. Astounding musicians, they brought the composers and the piano to life!
Harpist James Predovich, January's Music at the Summit musician, continued answering audience member questions long after his performance, even letting them inspect the calluses on his fingertips! Music at the Summit is is held in the Summit Room of Willow Brook at Delaware Run on the fourth Thursday of every month except November. A wide variety of genres is presented. February's concert will feature the Full Sound Chamber Group. The public is welcome to attend this free event, and dessert is served afterwards. Join us!
Another winner! This decorated table took the honors for most elegant presentation at the Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting last evening. The table decorating contest is a long-standing tradition at the event, and the competition is fierce. Kudos to Julie Bardelang, Willow Brook Christian Village's events and dining room manager for the superb job - as always. We're so proud!
On those cold winter days, sometimes you just want to sit inside and read a good book. While Willow Brook has libraries on each campus, our offerings are expanded a hundredfold through our partnership with the Delaware County District Library. Every Thursday the library's bookmobile comes to either The Village or to Delaware Run. They bring a large variety of books, both in print and in several electronic versions. It seems that everyone has created a great relationship with the librarians who come in. They keep their eyes open for publications that they think you might enjoy, and it’s also a good time to take a minute and catch up with your neighbors and friends. See you Thursday afternoon!