Sunday, March 20, 2016

Yellow Ribbon Event to Support the Troops

Today R2 joined members of the 501st and Rebel Legions to help support the troops with their Yellow Ribbon event in Costa Mesa, CA.

The Yellow Ribbon Program promotes the well-being of National Guard and Reserve members, their families and communities, by connecting them with resources throughout the deployment cycle. Today's event was filled with families preparing to send their loved ones off to deployment, or in other cases receiving their loved ones back from deployment. A couple people from the military families (Princess Leia and Yoda) even joined us in costume.

By request, R2 arrived earlier than the other characters, and visited several childrens activity rooms. (I didn't take pictures of those.) The kids had a great time meeting R2 and interacting with him.

A short time later, R2 was joined by the other characters, where we went into a large ballroom, for our introduction and photo ops.

The characters also presided over an amusing game of musical chairs, set to Star Wars music. There were separate competitions for kids and adults, and each was entertaining for its own reasons.

After, we posed for a few more photos, and then wrapped up.

It was a great event and I hope that we get to do another one in the future.

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