Medfield 4 the Military
A few weeks back when I had the honor of attending a discussion between Senator McCain and the people of New Hampshire, one of the things he told me as we were walking to the stage resonated with me. He said “This is what Democracy, in it’s purest form, is all about. Presidential candidates in front of the people answering their questions.”
Last night I got a glimpse of something similar to that. I had the honor of attending the 1st annual Medfield 4 the Military. This event is really what the country is all about. People coming together for families of our fallen heroes, injured heroes and families with loved ones serving abroad.
The town of Medfield, in co-operation with industry giants like Microsoft, EA, Harrah’s Casinos, Hasbro, and many more teamed up with Medfield residents to host 250 people from these military families. Dinner was cooked and served by a local restaurant named Primavera’s, for FREE!
Santa was there, the 2007 World Series Trophy was there, Comcast was there to video Christmas messages for families with loved ones overseas during the holiday and a company called Carepacks (www.carepacks.org ) or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
It was a pretty emotional and incredible night. The participants walked through an American Honor Guard of Flags to enter the school, the event was held at Medfield High School, and were registered and then seated for dinner. After a brief introduction they had dinner, saw Santa, and did the things setup for them to do. At the end of the night, as they left, their families were given gifts from the foundation. We asked the families send us their kids Christmas lists and we used the over 20K in cash donations to shop for the children individually and hopefully help the parents make their childrens Christmas a bit happier.
The residents of Medfield, led by the man who made this entire night happen, Gates Ouillmette, answered the call in true fashion. This event went from an idea to inception in less than 30 days and again, was an honor to be able to participate in. The stories of the families ran from heartbreaking and gut wrenching to inspiring and heroic. We had many Purple Heart attendees, as well as Gold Star mothers and their families.
I just wanted to publicly thank every person that attended last night for allowing us to share in your holiday and to tell you what a true God given blessing it was to be able to share in your lives for even a few minutes. I pray safe travels and returns to all who have loved ones currently serving, God’s comfort and grace to those in attendance who have lost a loved one and Gods healing touch to those in attendance who had injured family members.
God Bless and have a wonderful Christmas
From the residents of Medfield, Mass.