Family Visit- April 2021

U.S. Army veteran Will D. recently visited Patriot Point with his wife and two children for a relaxing weekend.

Will, who served from 2005 to 2009 and was an interrogator stationed overseas, now lives in the Washington, D.C., area. He and his family drove to Patriot Point , arriving on Friday and staying until Sunday. They enjoyed a beautiful weekend on the beach, capped by a nighttime bonfire. Will also had the chance to work out in the Under Armour Freedom Fitness Center and tried out Patriot Point’s new shooting range.

“We had a nice, relaxing time,” Will said. “It was very therapeutic. Hugh, Lauren, Mike and Katie rolled out all the stops and we felt so taken care of by everyone. We hope to visit again!”

Patriot Point Landscaping-Ruppert Landscaping

With the weather warming up, spring landscaping work is in full effect at Patriot Point. Thanks again to Ruppert Landscaping, which continues its generous support of Patriot Point.

This past fall, following the completion of the Main House Phase II renovation, Ruppert donated 22 trees, 50 potted plants and 9,000 square feet of sod which was installed by Patriot Point volunteers. That came after Ruppert donated and installed 15 trees, 50 shrubs, 350 perennials and 10,000 square feet of sod to Patriot Point in 2018.

This spring, Ruppert plans to send a crew to install 1,200 beach grasses it is donating to shore up the dunes along Patriot Point’s waterfront.

“We think Patriot Point is a great organization for our nation’s active-duty and veteran service members,” Ruppert Landscape Operations Manager Casey Cook said. “At Ruppert, we get to pick who we donate to and this is definitely a cause that we like to revisit every year if there is a need, for sure.”

“I love the location. It’s so peaceful.”

Cook still remembers his initial visit to Patriot Point to scope out the property’s landscaping needs. As Cook eyed his surroundings while pulling down the driveway a bald eagle swooped in front of his vehicle.

“We are so appreciative of Ruppert’s incredible ongoing support of Patriot Point,” Military Bowl Foundation President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. “It is thanks to contributions like Ruppert’s that we are able to make Patriot Point such an inviting destination for guests, especially the men and women who serve our country so valiantly.”

Operation Restored Warrior-March 2021

Operation Restored Warrior recently hosted a Women’s Drop Zone at Patriot Point, bringing two veterans and two veteran spouses for a four-day retreat where they were joined by six team members from Operation Restored Warrior. During the retreat, each warrior shared a part of their story and were able to identify areas in their lives that have been difficult to release and claim complete freedom in life.

Based in Colorado Springs, Operation Restored Warrior’s mission is to rescue, rebuild, and restore what was lost and stolen from our warriors lives.

Tree Removal Volunteers

It was a busy weekend at Patriot Point, as a group of volunteers from Harkins Builders, Inc. spent a full day taking down several dead trees near the property entrance, finishing up work started the day before by three retired fire fighters. The group from Harkins included three marine veterans, two Navy veterans and one Army veteran.

“What a great day to spend putting in some hard work with a bunch of veterans and first responders,” Harkins vice president Ben Nichols said. “I am still smiling about it. We look forward to contributing again very soon. Please always feel free to reach out if a project pops up without warning.”

“What an amazing effort by both groups,” Patriot Point General Manager Hugh Middleton said. “Those trees have needed to come down for some time and thanks to these volunteers for making it happen. We can’t thank our volunteers enough. The property looks the way it does because of groups like the one from Harkins.”

Operation Restored Warrior – Feb 2021

Operation Restored Warrior recently brought four veterans, one active-duty service member and a law enforcement official for five days at Patriot Point. The group traveled from across the country, with guests coming from California, Oregon, Washington, Michigan and New Jersey.

“We work with them over the course of a few days, bringing them to a place joy is restored in their lives and their hearts are restored,” said Timothy Harting, a U.S. Army veteran and director of drop zone operations for Operation Restored Warrior.

“The one thing we say is that they leave in a better place than they arrived. They’re glad that they came and ultimately got their lives back.”

Based in Colorado Springs, Operation Restored Warrior’s mission is to rescue, rebuild, and restore what was lost and stolen from our warriors lives.

New Entrance Sign

Guests traveling down Route 16 will see something new as they approach Patriot Point. Thanks to Designs & Signs LLC of Edgewater, Md., there is new signage welcoming everyone to Patriot Point.

Design & Signs’ father-and-son team of Brendon and Travis Brandon recently traveled to Patriot Point and installed the composite lettering on the stonework adjacent to the entrance gate. Brendon Brandon is a longtime friend of Patriot Point volunteer coordinator Mike Mattingly.

Upon completion of the installation, Designs & Signs generously donated the balance of the cost to Patriot Point.

“That was the first time I had been there,” Travis Brandon said. “It’s a pretty cool place and it’s definitely making a difference in people’s lives. We were glad to help with the project.”

“What an incredibly kind gesture,” Military Bowl Foundation President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. “It is because of businesses like Designs & Signs, which share our commitment to giving back to those who serve our country so valiantly, that Patriot Point is able to make such a strong impact on our nation’s service members.”

Last Hunt January 2021

Patriot Point recently welcomed a group of four combat veterans for a weekend hunt and they were joined by several donors and prospective donors.

The veterans included U.S. Marine Corps veteran Joey Jones, a double amputee who is a Fox News contributor; U.S. Marine Corps veteran Danny Ridgeway, a recipient of the Silver Star; retired U.S. Navy SEAL Harold Bologna; and Sean Kelly, who served in the U.S. Army Special Forces.

“The last hunt of the season is always a big one with a lot of folks in attendance,” Patriot Point General Manager Hugh Middleton said. “This year was no different. Everyone showed up midday on Friday for a few hours of hunting in the afternoon. Saturday was an all-day hunt with a short break for breakfast and lunch. It was a great opportunity for our civilian guests to sit in the blinds with some of our nation’s finest warriors. The storytelling carried on into the evening around the dinner table and fireplace.” 

“Everyone involved with Patriot Point from concept to reality are to be commended,” guest Jimmy Molloy wrote afterward. “What a fabulous place for such a deserving cause. The rehab of the Main House and the landscaping and pavers/drive bring everything together. …

“I look forward to a future hunt and it won’t be my last donation.”

Volunteer Weekend February 2021

A group of nine volunteers got a huge jump on spring cleanup over a recent weekend at Patriot Point. The group included veterans, retired fire fighters, members of Bravo Zulu Outdoors and others, who took on massive outdoor cleanup missions throughout the property.

Part of the cleanup efforts focused on the area behind the Guest House, which will soon become Patriot Point’s new shooting range.

Following a weekend of hard work, the group enjoyed a feast of shrimp and fresh local oysters.

“Patriot Point is fortunate to have many dedicated volunteers who share our mission of providing a first-class retreat for our nation’s recovering service members, their caregivers and families,” Military Bowl Foundation President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. “Thank you to everyone who pitched in this past weekend and continues to make Patriot Place such a special place.”

If you are interested in joining Patriot Point’s volunteers, visit https://patriotpoint.org/application-for-volunteer-opportunities-at-patriot-point/.

Patriot Point Flag Poles

The area in front of the Patriot Point Main House received its finishing touches thanks in part to three generations of the Plank family.

Patriot Point Managing Member Stuart Plank and his son, Casey, a student at Georgetown Prep, were joined by 10 of Casey’s classmates as they erected three new flagpoles in the circle in the middle of the driveway in front of the Main House.

The flagpoles, donated by Jayne Plank, Stuart’s mother, were the last piece of the hardscape renovations that include a new parking area and landscaping.

“It was great,” Stuart Plank said. “It was tough to get the flagpoles just right. You’ve got to plumb them and get the hydraulic cement around them so they stay. My son said to me, ‘This is really cool. We did something down here that I’ll be able to see for years to come.’ It creates a very welcoming area.”

The students spent one night at Patriot Point. In addition to raising the flagpoles, they helped with landscaping work and did cleanup in the woods “under the command of Mike Mattingly,” Stuart Plank said.