Posted by: Joan Marsh on December 14, 2010 at 2:01 pm
April was behind the microphone, her voice timid at first but growing in confidence with each word. She was singing “O Holy Night” and her rendition was beautiful.
O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of our dear Saviour’s birth.
April is the wife of a US Soldier in residence at the Walter Reed Medical Center. We gathered at the Malonge House on the Walter Reed Campus last weekend for a holiday celebration with our wounded warriors and their families, families who call the Malonge House their home so they can remain close to a soldier that is undergoing treatment and rehabilitation for injuries received while enlisted. For the past two years, AT&T has sponsored a holiday party at the facility that is full of wintry treats, festive music and a flurry of toys for the children of these brave men and women. These soldiers, many of them injured grievously, answered the call of service to their country and made sacrifices beyond what should be asked. Yet these men and women bear the burden of their wounds with strength and dignity, as do the families and loved ones that surround them.