One of the Best Secrets in Washington DC
Just four miles, as the crow flies, from the White House, is one of the best kept secrets in Washington. It is called the Armed Forces Retirement Home.
You might think of it as a legacy for some of our finest soldiers, living out their final days in a park-like atmosphere of peace and tranquility.
There are rolling hills and flowers galore in the summer months. The birds and squirrels are so friendly that they walk right up to you begging for handouts. In the late afternoon, residents sit behind the Scott building and look down across the ball diamond at the deer eating the summer grasses.
Many times the fawns are hidden in the edge of the woods. Mom is watching over them closely as she munches the tender shoots. Most of the time they ignore our gazing and stroll up to our administrator’s house to devour a large portion of flowers. The flower beds look a bit strange in late summer, with only stems and no flowers.
There are approximately 1,000 or so residents from their middle 60s to 90s. The exciting war stories are rampant. On many occasions I have enjoyed a tale or two in the shady areas around the grounds or canteen while drinking strong coffee or juice.
The picture pasted at the top of the article is the Sherman building, it contains the office of our CEO and associated support functions. There is a rich history behind this building, with a clock tower that rings every hour. I really never get tired of walking by, knowing that, this may actually be the highest point in DC.
Many would think that our residents are lost in the past, but that is not the case. I see computers and iPads throughout the home. Everyday, one cannot help but notice a new computer or printer arriving via UPS. The guys keep up with the BP spill on the Coast, especially those that will be retuning to the new Gulfport home in October. They are really concerned about the white beaches and friends.
Yes, this is a great place for the old war horses of a previous era. Sometimes we get lost in antiquity, but we are learning how to live in a different age of internet science and web savvy surfing; reaching out to new technology and enjoying it immensely.