Soldier’s Serenade – Walter Reed
On the day following the last day of the 2012-13 school year, the Sterling East Chesapeake students performed a musical event at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre. The event, held in the beautiful Warrior Café, was a way for the young Plymouth Brethren of Baltimore and Washington to bring a smile to the faces of the injured and unwell military personnel, or at least brighten their day.
Dressed in black and white formal attire, the school students arrived at the hospital thrilled at the chance to give something back to those American heroes who had given so much in the service of their country.
Only a sparse audience greeted the students when they began to sing. However, as the performance continued, the café continued to fill with people. First, the students performed choral songs as a group, followed by a rousing rendition of ‘Layla’ by the older boys, and some solos were sung as a finale.
Partway through the performance, a food cart was brought out for the students, which they were very grateful for. However, the best part of the day for the Sterling East Chesapeake students was to see the smiles they had put on faces of those courageous men and women whose lives had been changed forever by tragic injuries.
The positive feedback the students received from the event has encouraged them to consider the possibility of visiting the Walter Reed Medical Centre again, in the future.