More than 1,000 Soldiers and Family members of the 44th Medical Brigade turned out to celebrate Legion Family Day, on Aug. 23, at Woodland Park.  In keeping with the rich traditions of the 44th Medical Bde., the Soldiers and their Families were treated to great music, great food and fun “experiences” for adults and children of all ages.

The goal for the event was to build and strengthen the resilience of Soldiers and their Families through individual morale, unit esprit de corps, and Family member kinship.  The event did not disappoint.

This was not your average organization day.  Each company and detachment within the brigade developed and took ownership of a unique experience for the 44th Medical Bde. ‘Legion’ Soldiers and Family members to participate in.  A number of these experiences had a medical theme highlighting the capabilities and specialty areas of the 44th Medical Bde.  These included things like the medical fun tent, litter carry obstacle course and zany glasses.  Other experiences were just plain creative fun like fear factor, 4.4 minutes to win it, 40-yard dash to school, and reflecting on greatness.  The competition to create the best experience was a big morale booster.  The Soldiers and Family members voted on the best experiences and the 36th Area Support Medical Company’s medical fun tent was the winner with Family water balloon battleship coming in a close second.

All the experiences occurred in tandem creating a carnival like atmosphere.  To add to this, each participant in an experience was awarded a ticket with the winner receiving additional tickets.  These tickets were then redeemed at the awards booth for small prizes.  No child went home empty handed as the medical brigade used this Family gathering as an opportunity to distribute school supplies donated by Operation Homefront in partnership with the Dollar Tree.

Those motivated individuals who participated in all the experiences were recognized at the end of the event and entered in a large gift bag full of useful and fun prizes.

“It was great to see the Family members of our deployed and non-deployed Soldiers participating in the Celebrate Legion Family Day.  It showed their trust in the chain of command to support them and take care of their needs, regardless of their current situation,” said Col. Jeffrey Johnson, commander, 44th Medical Bde. “It was fun to watch adults and children participate in the experiences, and to be rewarded for their participation.”

Overall, the event was a success.  All who attended the Celebrate Family Legion Day now have a closer bond with the other members of the legion.