Back in March of this year, R2 was part of the Yellow Ribbon Event that promotes the well-being of National Guard and Reserve members, their families and communities, by connecting them with resources throughout the deployment cycle. Today, R2 and members of the 501st and Rebel Legions were invited back for another turn at this event.
R2 was requested to arrive 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.
After, R2 posed for pictures with people supplying various supporting services to members of the military and their families.
Kirk, our contact on the military side of things, was so impressed with our visit in March that he joined the 501st and had his first troop today as Kylo Ren!
Vader and his troops made their entrance by... Imperial escalator.
A short time later, R2 joined the other characters, where we went into a large ballroom for photo ops.
The characters presided over a game of Musical Chairs, set to Star Wars music.
As this mini-Tusken and mini-Jawa argued over the droid, R2 made his getaway.
It was a great event for a worthy cause.