Red­skins Cel­e­brate Sa­lute To Ser­vice Week With Sa­lute To Red­skins Read

The Wash­ing­ton Red­skins Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion and Red­skins Sa­lute hosted Sa­lute to Red­skins Read at Creighton’s Cor­ner El­e­men­tary School with students hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to write let­ters to mil­i­tary sta­tioned over­seas and in­ter­act with spe­cial guests.


how much their strength and com­mit­ment meant. A let­ter writ­ten by a fifth grader named Chris­tiana in­cluded, “Just re­mem­ber, never give up. You are strong and you have a lot of courage inside you.”

The ex­pe­ri­ence of writ­ing these let­ters was very per­sonal for the students and the guests as a sig­nif­i­cant amount have family in the mil­i­tary.

“My hus­band is mil­i­tary, he’s in the Coast Guard,” Carissa, a Red­skins cheer­leader, said. “I def­i­nitely know first­hand what it’s like to have a loved one not home for the hol­i­days and I know how much these lit­tle notes or pack­ages, some­thing so small to some­one else, re­ally does make such a dif­fer­ence. My brother was also in the Navy, he was over­seas for a while. There were times when he missed hol­i­days and ev­ery­thing and there were times when he re­ceived these [let­ters] and I re­ally do know how much they mean to them.”

For Colonel Lar­son, get­ting to in­ter­act with these students was a way for her to see just how im­por­tant these mo­ments are.

“It val­i­dates why I went in the Air Force to be­gin with. It was to serve my coun­try and pro­vide free­dom and pro­tec­tion for these peo­ple,” Colonel Lar­son said. “Hav­ing been in the Air Force for 27 years and do­ing staff work in Wash­ing­ton D.C. for the last eight, you lose that. Any­time I can get back out with reg­u­lar peo­ple, and see their eyes and their hope and that they gen­uinely ap­pre­ci­ate what soldiers, sailors, air men, marines do for them, it makes me feel re­ally good.”

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