Bethany Beach denizens came up with the idea to give wounded veterans and their families a respite from the toll of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
Sept. 4, 2013The Aguilar family waits for a kayak ride at Coastal Kayak, one of the gifts from residents and merchants who opened their resort homes and businesses to families of wounded veterans in Bethany Beach, Del. From left are Diane Pohanka, one of the week’s organizers; Nicole Aguilar; her daughter, Savannah; her son, Christian; and her husband, Vicente, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a 2003 bombing in Iraq. It was exacerbated by later blasts. The Aguilars drove up from Georgia for the week.Bill O'Leary/The The Washington Post
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump lit the National Christmas Tree for the first time. The program was hosted by television personality Kathie Lee Gifford and actor Dean Cain and featured performances by the Beach Boys, Jack Wagner, Wynonna Judd, Craig Campbell and others.