Operation SEAs the Day preparing for Very Important Families

VIFs (Very Important Families) will arrive Sept. 2 in Bethany Beach for a week of rest and relaxation. The annual Operation SEAs the Day Warrior Family Beach Week event is for veterans who are recovering from injuries sustained while serving the country and their immediate families. During the week, Bethany Beach will host 30 VIF’s (Very Important Families) and five alumni families.

“We are counting on the Bethany Beach community to help us continue to make OSTD a memorable event,” organizers said.

They offered a number of “ways residents and visitors can show our most deserving fellow Americans that Bethany Beach is a community that cares:

• Thursday, Sept. 4, from 6 to 9 p.m., Family Night — Warrior Families will be in downtown Bethany Beach, having dinner, shopping and enjoying the magic show (7 p.m.) at the bandstand. The Warrior Families will be wearing OSTD ID tags. “Thank them for their service as you also take advantage of Bethany Beach businesses.”

• Friday, Sept. 5, 5:15 p.m. — Line the streets of Bayside, leading to the Freeman Stage, to give a heroes’ welcome to the Warrior Families as they arrive for the evening. “Wear red, white and blue or an OSTD T-shirt or hat. Applaud them, wave and let them know our community honors and appreciates all the Warrior Families and what they have sacrificed for our freedom!”

• Friday, Sept. 5, 7 p.m. — “Bruce in the USA” concert. Tickets were still available midweek on the Freeman Stage website at www.freedmanstage.org. “Bring your own chair concert in honor of the Warrior Families.”

OSTD is looking for local groups/organizations to provide homemade desserts for a special cookout. For more information or to volunteer, contact Patty Eggers for more details. Eggers can be reached at (302) 249-2521 or pattyeggers31@live.com.

To learn more about Operation SEAs The Day, visit www.operationseastheday.org.