One Hundred Year Old WWII Veteran honored at Washington Nationals Game

October 4, 2016

llb_8300cwOn Thursday, September 29th Foundation 4 Heroes organized a trip for Mr. Frederick “Freddie” Moffett, a 100-year-old, Army WWII veteran, to attend a Washington Nationals baseball game.

Ashley Radano, the Director of Volunteer Services and Community Outreach at the Charlotte Hall Veteran’s Home, and Melissa Murray for the Washington Nationals Organization, were also both tremendously instrumental in making this event a success. It was a true team effort.

Mr. Moffett served in the infantry in North Africa and Italy. He received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service and valor and was discharged in 1944.

He was brought down on to the baseball field before the start of the game to be recognized for his service and sacrifice to our country.

Spencer Kieboom, the new catcher for the Nats, came over to greet us and then brought some signed baseballs up from the dugout for Mr. Moffett.

While the announcer talked about this heroic veteran to the standing and applauding crowd, they showed pictures of Freddie’s courageous military career on the jumbo screen. These photos were supplied by his family, who were also in attendance to share this special moment.

Foundation 4 Heroes was also acknowledged to the audience for their efforts to inspire and support children with illness, as well as recognize and thank veterans for their service.

Jim Lokay from Fox 5 DC covered the event and interviewed Mr. Moffett and Dr. Jay Lipoff, President and Founder of Foundation 4 Heroes.

A funny moment occurred when Mr. Lokay spoke with Freddie and mentioned his age and this wonderful experience. Mr. Moffett promptly informed Jim that he would be 101 this November.

He is sharp as a tack and his sons said he still handles his own check book.

Another special moment was when the crowd was cheering as they listened to Mr. Moffett’s accomplishments. Everyone could see Mr. Moffet on the big screen. Dr. Jay held up a Nats jersey behind Freddie’s field of vision and then turned it around to reveal the number 100 on the back, along with “Moffett” embroidered across the back. The crowd cheered even louder.

When the jersey was brought down so Freddie could see it, his eyes lit up, and he smiled the biggest smile of the day. He then wanted to wear it instantly and there was no stopping him. It looked great!

Also in attendance for the day was a busload of our nations’ greatest heroes from the Charlotte Hall Veteran’s Home, who served during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Plus two health aids and the bus driver also came in and were treated to some baseball, lunch and jerseys.

llb_8284cwSomehow the skies eased enough to get an exciting game in despite some cool temperatures, wind and rainy mist to witness a 5 – 3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The F4Heroes team worked hard to find a way to provide tickets, hats, jerseys, meals and drinks for the veterans to complete their day at the park.

Some of these items like tickets were a direct donation from the Nationals, and our local Chick Fil-A donated delicious sandwiches and chocolate chip cookies. Other items, like the 13 Washington Nationals jerseys, were purchased thanks to the generosity of public support.

PLATINUM SPONSORS – 2-Time Super Bowl Champion and 14 year Washington Redskin, Dave Butz and Prince Frederick Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge

GOLD SPONSORS – Above Average Graphing, AdvantEdge LLC, Back At Your Best Chiropractic & PT, Calvert County Sheriff’s Department, Chick-Fil-A, Kristen Dorn Kennedy, Mike Batson Photography, Precise Systems, Tantaztic Tanning, The Allred Family and The Pinkel Family

SILVER SPONSORS – Abby Gryskewicz, Big Larry’s Comics, Body Anew Massage, Martens Johnson Insurance Agency, Matthew Gersch, Rock Tape, Shawn Davis, The Priddy Family, Raley, Watts & O’Neill, The Search Family and The Hilb Group of Maryland

Foundation 4 Heroes is a 100% volunteer, non-profit organization that inspires children in hospitals, teaches school children to be a hero and supports and thanks veterans and Wounded Warriors for their courage, service and sacrifice.

For more information contact info@F4Heroes.com, www.F4Heroes.com, F4Heroes on Facebook, 23127 Three Notch Road, Suite 203, California, MD 20619.

 

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3 Responses to One Hundred Year Old WWII Veteran honored at Washington Nationals Game

  1. Anonymous on October 5, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Wonderful story. Thank you for your service to our country. God bless you!

  2. Charlotte McPherson on October 8, 2016 at 11:53 am

    I’ve had the privilege of knowing Freddie Moffett, his late wife Ella, and his sons Danny and Lanny, since I was a child of 7 or 8. They lived 2 doors down from us in our Maryland neighborhood. We share lots of neighborhood memories and family milestones.

    Thank you, Freddie, for serving our country, our community, and for being our family’s friend.

  3. Carol Amariilo on October 17, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Freddie:

    What a wonderful tribute…. you will always be my HERO!!!!!