An idea became a vision; a vision became a mission; and a mission brought Operation Beachhead to life. This life continues to grow through the support of people who wish to show their appreciation and thanks to our veterans.
An idea became a vision; a vision became a mission; and a mission brought Operation Beachhead to life.
Operation Beachhead experienced another beautiful day on Saturday, July 11th . It was a busy day of "storming the surf" as we welcomed a contingent from the Lyons Veterans Hospital in Lyons NJ and a group of active duty troops from the Sea Girt Army Base Medical Command. The group from Lyons was a rescheduled rain-date from earlier in the season.
A large group of Operation Beachhead volunteers made it possible to get many participants in the water. The available equipment on hand enabled the attendees to chose what they wanted to experience. While surfboards, paddle-boards, boogie boards, and kayaks were available on the beach, the kayaks and surfboards were the most popular of the day, with a few trying the paddle-boards. There were a couple of spills, but that didn't seem to stop the determination to enjoy the day or to try another piece of equipment.
The group of active duty troops joined Operation Beachhead on the beach at Beacon Ave from the National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt. The troops were enjoying a picnic day as a break from their training. As it was arranged, those who wanted to enjoy water sports, along with some direction by Operation Beachhead instructors, were transported to Beacon Avenue Beach. After a break for lunch many from the National Guard Base came back for more fun. A usual Operation Beachhead day ends with lunch, but the enthusiasm of the solders persuaded the volunteers to hang around a bit longer to help the soldiers enjoy the remainder of the day.
None of this could be possible without the help and cooperation of the community of
Sea Girt, NJ, in allowing us to use the beautiful beach
facilities. As always we thank the beach staff and lifeguards for their help throughout
As is always the case on an Operation Beachhead beach day, smiles were everywhere and it was another great experience. Most participants were hoping another day could be arranged for them to "take control" and "establish beachhead."