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November 12 – The Tidewater Inn Thanks Vets for 115 Years of Service
“B&B’s for Vets” Program Thanks Military Personnel with Free 1-Night Getaway
Madison CT, November 12, 2012 – Honoring 115 Years of Military Service - Thank you for 115 Years of Military Service, from the Tidewater Inn.
For the last three years the Tidewater Inn has invited active and retired military vets to come for a free one-night getaway on November 11th, Veterans' Day.
Ten retired and active military vets came to stay at the Tidewater Inn as their honored guests this Veterans' Day holiday, November 11th. They traveled from as far away as Virginia and as near as Marlborough CT, and altogether they represent a combined total of 115 years of military service and three generations of significant events in our nation's history.
As a thank-you to these dedicated vets they were treated to a free one-night getaway and welcomed with a wine and cheese reception. “We gathered around the warmth of a roaring fire in the fireplace in our sitting room to listen as they shared their stories and experiences. As an innkeeper this is my favorite time of day, when I sit with our guests and get to know them as they tell about their memories and travels,” said Victoria Kolyvas.
“I am always fascinated by the exchange among the vets, themselves, as those who are retired compare their life experiences in the military service with those who are still active. Both the young and the old are always reverent toward each other. Each has wisdom to offer to their comrades. As for me, I am grateful for every day that they have served, and continue to serve, protecting the freedoms that I hold dear and take for granted.”
In the morning the thank you to the vets continued by serving a bountiful full breakfast, and together all enjoyed more conversation and fellowship before they went on their way to explore the shoreline before heading for home.
The oldest veteran guest this year was 91 year old Bern, who was a pilot in the Navy. On the day that Japan surrendered to the Allied forces in Hawaii on the USS Missouri, Bern was flying one of 4 planes that circled overhead to protect the ceremony. We told him about the CT River Museum in Essex, where he could see the Turtle, the world's first submarine, and then about the Submarine Museum in Groton, where he could see the Nautilus, the world's first Nuclear submarine. Both were on his way home to MA, and he and his wife decided to take two detours to see both.
The youngest veterans this year are in their 30's and parents of young children. Husband and wife are both in active service in the Army Reserves. All of this year's veteran guests have served all around the world.
Veterans' Day is our National Holiday to honor the men and women who serve in the many branches of our military, putting their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we hold dear. The freedoms that define life in these United States of America.
Several years ago innkeepers in the USA and Canada began the "B&B's for Vets" program to honor veterans and active military personnel, and the Tidewater Inn has participated for the last three years. Every year on November 11 the Tidewater Inn opens its rooms and its heart to veterans and active military personnel, inviting them to come for a free night getaway, including a welcome wine and cheese reception, time to gather together to share experiences, and a bountiful homemade breakfast the next morning.
With so many millions of military personnel still to thank, they’ll be offering this thank you getaway through the "B&B's for Vets" program every year. Reservations are taken beginning when each year's program is officially announced to the military services, approximately the end of September, and are open to active or retired veterans who have never yet been thanked by any participating B&B in this program.
Thank you, veterans. You are appreciated far more than you realize.
About the Tidewater Inn
Elegant, romantic, inviting, the Tidewater Inn offers comfortable accommodations and gracious hospitality in a relaxed setting. Situated in the heart of the Connecticut shoreline, and mid-way between Manhattan and Boston, the inn is less than a mile from the center of the village of Madison, from Hammonasset State Park, and from the nearest town beach. A rocking chair and love seat on the front porch welcome you and invite you to stay and enjoy. It is the perfect place to escape to.
Each guest room is elegantly furnished with its own unique character, combining creature comforts with convenience. You’re sure to feel pampered by their plush and thirsty towels and bathrobes and spa toiletries. Amenities include hair dryers, irons, ironing boards, television with cable, air conditioning, telephones with voicemail and wireless internet access for your pc. – The Shoreline Times Readers' Poll voted the Tidewater Inn to be the Shoreline's Comfiest B&B for 6 years in a row and one of the most authentic New England inns on the Shoreline.
Start the day with a delicious full breakfast in the dining room, warmed by the sunshine coming through the front bay window. The beautiful seaside village of Madison offers many opportunities for relaxing, pursuing special interests or satisfying your sense of adventure, and the innkeeper and your fellow guests will share insiders’ tips on where to go and what to do. Return to relax by the fireplace in the sitting room for the welcome back to the inn reception or sit and let the peace surround you in their English Garden. Fine dining to satisfy every taste is right nearby.
You’ll run out of time before you run out of things to do. Once you’ve come, we’ll welcome you back again and again.
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