Sometimes we are so touched by the lives of our guests that when we find ourselves the recipient of a “Thank You” worth sharing we can’t wait to do just that! Once a year, on the eve of Veterans Day, the bed and breakfast community across the United States and Canada donate room nights to both active duty and retired military as a way of providing thanks for the service they have given to their country. Our inn has always supported this effort as a way of honoring our parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles who have given service to our country through two World Wars, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War, the Gulf Wars, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This year we are doing something different in conjunction with the B&B for Vets program – we are donating two nights a month to our local military by a special arrangement with the US Army – and we have enlisted the cooperation of two local restaurants, Leoci’s Trattoria and The Pirates’ House, who provide dinner in conjunction with their stay.
Last night, Azalea Inn and Gardens was honored to have two soldiers (and one husband) who provide the toughest kind of care to our active duty military. They work daily with Wounded Warriors as these soldiers struggle through healing, both physical, mental and emotional. The cadre of this special battalion of the military exhaust themselves to the point of breaking because they want no solider forgotten, no soldier to believe they don’t matter. Kristina has with over 12 years in active duty and is the single mom of an 11-year-old-girl; Kimberly has 16 years on active duty, is married with three children, a 12-year-old, a 3-year-old and a 2-year-old; her husband was formerly on active duty.These exceptional young women we so extraordinarily grateful for our support that for just a moment we believed we could fly on angel’s wings. Let me share with you Kimberly’s letter.
11 May 2012
I walked in your beautiful inn tired, frazzled and stressed out. I’m walking out today a more calm, relaxed wife, mother and Solider. My husband and I walked around the local squares, visited the Cathedral and went out for a romantic dinner! We loved it here so much we decided to hurry back and let our feet “dangle” in your pool at night. We laughed and just “enjoyed the moment.” Thank you for making it all possible. I am listening to the birds tweet to me on the patio right now…
Thank you for Everything!
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