June 15th marked the beginning of Sail Boston, the week-long event welcoming international ships competing in the Rendez-Vous Tall Ship’s Regatta and the USS WHIDBEY ISLAND as part of the Mid-Atlantic Region Fleet Week. Docked at the Black Falcon Terminal in Boston, the LSD-41 brought with it a crew of over 500 Sailors and Marines to Boston. The men and women aboard received a warm welcome as they were greeted by USO volunteers and our good friends at Texas Road House, who made a delicious array of food for a pier side dinner. The barbecue food was a welcomed site for sailors and an incredible hit, creating as they say at Roadhouse, a “Legendary Day”!
USO arranged for a special appearance from the city’s own Miss Boston, Gabriella Taveras, along with Miss Massachusetts Earth, Andreia Gibau and Miss Brookline, Summer Foley. The ladies provided a lovely addition to greet the service members and make them feel welcomed in our city.
The USO Mobile, one of our state-of-the-art traveling “centers on wheels” was up from Little Creek Virginia to support both the visiting Navy and Coast Guard Crews for the week. The mobile’s sleek and comfortable interior provides service members working or training in the field with everything from computers and internet to video gaming and television. The mobile crew kept Sailors and Marines engaged with some corn-hole competition and cookies.
In addition to providing hospitality, USO volunteers were happy to serve as city guides, standing ready with maps, recreational information and tips on all the city’s “hot spots” to visit. Many thanks to Blue Man Group Boston who provided seats for dozens of the service members to enjoy several of their shows. Last, but not least, Sailors and Marines had big smiles when they saw the amazingly “sweet” donation of hundreds of boxes of Girl Scout cookies, compliments of the Girl Scouts of Western Massachusetts. After the event wrapped, to their excitement, many of the volunteers were invited onto the ship for a unique VIP tour. The event and barbecue was a huge success thanks to our generous donors and awesome volunteers!
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