Giving back with the American Red Cross

On June 14th, the SS JOHN W BROWN worked again with the American Red Cross to hold a function aboard the ship for families of fallen soldiers. We had over 100 family members who came on a very hot Sunday, many of whom wore t-shirts that honored their family members.    Food was catered by Mission Barbecue, who is known to gladly support the armed forces in any way possible.    The people that attended, included about 20 tired crew members (having been on the ship for up to 48 hours, due to having the living history cruise the day before), American Red Cross Volunteers (who worked hard to make this a great day), Mission Barbecue staff, volunteer musicians from different groups , Urban Pirates and all types of family members of fallen soldiers.   This is a day for them to connect, and talk about their lost loved ones and to embrace the present, past and future.  

Her spirit and pride in her son, Captain Jesse Melton III USMC 11/23/78-9/9/08. is more than evident. Janice Chance, from Randallstown, Md, shows her love and pride.  If you would like to read about her son, Jesse, click here (Arlington Cemetery write-up).

 Could not show the front without showing the back.   Just looking at her and the t-shirt is enough to make us proud.  

Could not show the front without showing the back.   Just looking at her and the t-shirt is enough to make us proud.  

After lunch and tours of the BROWN, the families were surprised when the ship was captured by PIRATES!!!   The Urban Pirates came aboard the ship and taught some nautical (and some pirate) language/phrases.

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A great cause; a great day.   Making sure we give back and support our community in a way that matters. 

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