Friday, October 4, 2013

Bad news: Oktoberfest on Oct 6 at the Old Soldier's Home canceled due to the government shutdown

Thanks a lot, Congress. I just got word that the Oktoberfest planned for this Sunday at the Soldiers Home (aka Armed Forces Retirement Home) has been canceled due to the government shutdown, the home being a government organization. You can shutdown our government offices national parks, but shutting down our beer is the last straw.

Here's more info from the organizers. If you are registered to vote in another state, or even from another state, please call your reps and tell them to lay off!

Dear Friends,

I am sorry to report that we must cancel Sunday's Oktoberfest because of the government shutdown. The Soldiers Home has had to suspend all activities except those related to life and safety. This situation is beyond the control of the Home and the Friends of the Soldiers Home.

Our Friends board has spent an exhausting week trying to relocate the event or find some other way to go forward with it. (This is why we are informing you so late in the week.) In the end, nothing worked out.

We are disappointed because we had such a wonderful event planned. However, we keep our disappointment in perspective. Our thoughts go out to Soldiers Home staff, and to friends and neighbors, who have been furloughed or otherwise negatively affected by this shutdown. We are also thinking of Soldiers Home residents, who have lost recreational services because of the shutdown.

This time will pass. We plan many more opportunities to connect the community and the Home in celebration and volunteerism. The future looks bright for the Soldiers Home, the community, and the Friends of the Soldiers Home.


John Hughes
Friends of the Soldiers Home

Friends of the Soldiers Home is a non-profit organization serving to strengthen the bond between the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington and the surrounding community through service, education and engagement.

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