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.”