Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veteran's Day 2010

It was just amazing! That's all I can say. Last night was what I hope to be our first annual Free Night Stay for Veterans and Reception. This year following the lead of a B&B in WVa, The Gilliam Inn, we offered a free night stay to any veteran or active duty military personnel for the night of November 10th. Needless to say the offer was a huge success. I filled all 7 rooms the first day within hours. While this was exciting it was also very sad when I had to tell the next 75 or more people that we had no more rooms to give. The Green Palm Inn and Azalea Inn and Gardens were also on board. When we ran out of rooms we appealed to some of our other B&B neighbors and were able to get another 6 rooms from three other inns. In total, we came up with 30 free rooms. We had all planned to do some kind of special reception for our guest at our respective inns when Teresa from Azalea Inn suggested we combine them. From there it was off to the races. We were able to get food donated by some of our favorite restaurants and caterers and of course our favorite wine distributor Lori Mohr graciously donated the wine. Last night and again this morning I heard multiple comments on how wonderful everything was and how much it was appreciated. I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful it was to be able to give something back to these brave men and women and their families. There are not enough words to express the gratitude I and my family feel for what they sacrifice to protect our freedom. For all those that were unable to make it this year, keep a look out for next year because I can't imagine this being a one time event for us. We are hoping next year will be much bigger with more rooms and another great evening for our veterans. In the meantime, any active duty military can always stay with us for a discount. Just let me know when you call to reserve a room.
Thank you to all our military, past and present, for your service and commitment to our country. God Bless you all!