Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Cinderella at the USO Ball
The ball is over. Today (though not recovered) Cinderella is back to the daily stuff. Doing laundry. Sweeping the kitchen. Baking muffins. But the memories of the ball are fresh, sweet and even a bit teary. The food was surprisingly good, the entertainment fabulous and we rocked away the night.
The picture above would be the hubs in the tuxedo, and me freezing in 42 degrees with the flimsy shawl outside our house (YAY I figured out how to do photos, so look out! haha I cannot delete them either - sorry about the duplicates - rookie here) The photo of feet? Ask Wilma!! She insisted on a photo of feet. I hope you like it Wilma!
We were greeted by white gloved military, polished to perfection, showing us the way at every turn in the building. A wave of the pointed hand directed us, to the left, up the stairs, to the right. And the main entry was a flag aisle to walk down. It took my breath away. Those soldiers did not move for two hours!
There were brief speeches, films, awards given and several performances, done in the rehearsed precision only the military seems to pull off. I am putting a video of a SIMILAR performance on here. Those are bayonets on the ends of these rifles - sharp ones! They were gleaming in the spotlights. The group I saw was much larger than this and also much louder - they did their thing to drums. It was great in person! After they finished, to rousing applause of course, I had a giggle thinking of my son, his humor inherited from you-know-who, sometimes a bit irreverent. I could just hear him in my mind saying, "Yeah, these dudes do great tricks BUT ......can they SHOOT?" He was a sharp shooter. A great shot, but no tricks. He fought a war. It was no performance!
The Lt. Dan Band lead by Gary Sinese was fabulous! He plays the bass guitar - and he had several singers with him. I have no idea who they were but wow, they should be famous - fabulous singers - all the current music, great to dance to! Sorry the pictures we had taken of him on stage are pretty pathetic so I didn't post them here. BUT - here is a video from a concert he does here every year in July - this gal does a great Janis Joplin song "A Piece of My Heart" which not only do I love this song but the military DOES have a piece of my heart - more on that later.
Gary Sinese's contribution to the USO is unbelievable! One wonders how he finds the time to star in his tv show CSI. He travels constantly on behalf of supporting the troops and has started "Operation Iraqi Children" organizing corporate sponsors and schools in the U.S. to collect and send much needed classroom supplies to the children of Iraq. That organization has branched out to OIC/Katrina Relief Fund for people who wish to support sending shcools supplies and other children's needs to those affected by hurricane Katrina. Sinese is a man of great heart and dedication - a shining example of what it looks like to really make selfless contributions to make this world a better place.
If anyone out there is wondering about what to do, how to give back to community, where to put your time and energy, I would not hesitate for a nanosecond to recommend you see how your local area USO could use your time, energy or talents. It certainly is NO pre-requisite that you endorse military POLICY - you know it's all political anyway. It's the people, they're kids really, and young families, that need so much help! The PEOPLE, not the politics!
The USO provides many services for the military - many you may not know about. It isn't just the Bob Hope goes to entertain the troops for Christmas kind of organization. Should you wish to make a donation to your local USO, you would be giving a true blessing to the military men and women who are daily giving of themselves in the name of freedom for our country. They put their lives on the line every day. We could say thanks with a contribution!
Your support makes possible the operation of USO Centers that serve more than 270,000 on an annual basis. Your contribution would help fun year-around support for deployments and homecomings for our members of the military called to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan. It makes
it possible for the USO to provide emergency relief, including car seats and baby care to military families in need. Your generosity funds no-dough (as in "I've run out of money") dinners for those serving, holiday meal and assistance for military families in need, home-style Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for members of the military at home and abroad, and dozens of other worthwhile programs.
It was indeed a gala event. The anticipation for a "prom" night is fun. A shout out of thanks to all the girls at Frank Giranda's for putting me together - and no, I did not fall in the shoes! I loved the whole evening, even the teary parts.
So now I go back to my daily routines, Cinderella in the "afterwards." For others that were there, those spiffed up brass and gold encrusted uniforms get hung up too, just like my dress. But their camo goes on, and many are on planes heading out this week. You know where. They won't be home for the holidays. Think of them. Think of their families. Think of what you can do to help.
Special note to hubs - You are my Prince Charming - for SURE in the tux - but even in jeans! xxooxox, Cinde