There are many reasons to get excited for a crisp, autumnal Sunday morning. That unmistakable crunch of fallen leaves beneath your step; that fresh breeze with just a hint of impending winter chill; those swathes of oranges, reds, and yellows dancing like fire across the landscape – all conspire to create a most piquant fall experience. But there was something else enticing us from the cozy warmth of our homes yesterday: Luke’s Wings annual “Heroes Walk to Fly” benefit walk through Bethesda, Maryland.
Why we’re walking
Luke’s Wings is a non-profit very dear to us with a mission dedicated to the support of wounded, ill, and injured service members, providing families with the means to visit during recovery and rehabilitation. This most noble endeavor is even more needed as we approach the holidays, ensuring that no soldier spends this time of year alone. When our service members need a strong, comforting, and loving hand the most, Luke’s Wings is there.
A spirited stroll across the city
The inspirational 1.5-mile walk welcomed Luke’s Wings supporters and beneficiaries to celebrate injured service members’ milestones. Beginning near Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, walkers geared-up for the trek with coffee and a complimentary breakfast, while paying tribute at the emotional Honor our Heroes Wall and getting the blood flowing in true boot camp style. With flags in hand and a guard of Bethesda’s finest police officers at the ready, the walk kicked-off.
The group wound its way through the city to Bethesda Rescue Squad on Battery Lane, culminating in a neighborhood block party of barbecue and tasty bites from favorite local eateries. Activities for the whole family included a photo booth, moon bounce, corn hole, firetruck, adoptable puppies, the Washington Nationals’ Racing Presidents, a mobile bar, and more.
Miss the walk, but want to help?
All funds raised from the walk help Luke’s Wings provide complimentary airfare when it’s critically needed for the emotional health of our nation’s veterans. If you missed out on the fun but want to contribute to the cause, consider making a donation to reunite an American hero with their family, or shop the limited-release collection of amber jewelry and Spey will make a donation on your behalf.
Pictured: Spey Co. founding chief executive Paul Ashe joins the “Heroes Walk to Fly” march across Bethesda.