Last night this Savannah GA bed and breakfast joined three other local inns to host a reception to honor Veterans. Our second year participating in the B&B For Vets initiative brought us, if possible, even more poignant moments than the year before. Azalea Inn and Gardens was honored to host three Purple Heart recipients from our local Wounded Warriors stationed at Fort Stewart as well as another six active duty and retired veterans from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, as well as their spouses and the 9-year-old son of one of our Purple Heart recipients and the infant daughter of my “other son.”
These four inns are proud to have offered each of our veterans a complimentary night stay complete with breakfast, and an evening reception with wine, beer and food as a small measure of our gratefulness for all their sacrifices. We gave our homes over to these wonderful men and women while several local restaurants and businesses supplied us with an array of signature appetizers, floral arrangements and even complimentary all-day trolley passes. Reverend Steven Schulte performed vow renewals and Forrest Gump provided smiles and laughter. Jerry Harris, a local photographer, captured these moments on film throughout the three-hour reception. I was particularly grateful for Jerry’s work as I only had my cellphone camera and the doubious results are at the bottom of this post. My husband, Jake, and my “other son” Dave were the gregarious bartenders, and as usual, the four innkeepers did kitchen duty from plating to cleaning.
The reception was originally scheduled from 6 pm to 7:30 pm but the spirit of the group kept the gathering humming until nearly 9:00! I knew it was time to wrap things up when the assistant innkeeper at the Dresser Palmer House Inn (the host inn) asked if I would lock up when I got everyone to leave. Shannon, Diane, Jackie and I finished off our glasses of wine, tossed back a bottle of water each (Jake insists we have water with our wine), and lead the remaining stragglers out the back door.
It was a wonderful night and may have ended too soon, but memories will linger in the pictures. Join us at Savannah Inns blog in just a few days’ time for a vicarious glimpse at the evening’s events. Remember our Veterans every day of the year with a simple “Thank you” whenever you pass a uniformed soldier. Veterans, every day of the year Azalea Inn and Gardens offers a small token of our appreciation for your service with discounts that range from $25 to $50 nightly.
Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah Georgia Bed and Breakfast Inn – truly a Better Way To Stay!