WILLIAMSBURG –Nearly two dozen soldiers from Fort Lee spent Friday visiting with residents at Patriots Colony, a retirement community for the military. They chatted and played games ranging from bingo to military-themed Jeopardy.

"I've got residents that have been waiting for this," Patriots Colony Activities Coordinator Debbie Whybra said. Whybra came up with the idea for the event.

Caroline Dozier, now 104, received appreciative cheers from the soldiers when her status as the oldest resident at Patriots Colony was announced. She also holds the distinction of being the first female postmaster in Virginia.

This is the second year soldiers have visited Patriots Colony. Last year a group from Fort Eustis dropped by.

CW2 Robert Smith enjoyed speaking with the veterans. "We talked to a man who flew planes," he said. "A lot of us here jump out of planes."

Interacting with veterans also stood out to CW2 Paul Robinson. "I love being able to relate to them about serving," he said.

CW2 Ernest Grant noticed "a lot of cohesion and camaraderie" among the staff and residents at Patriots Colony.

"This has been amazing to watch," Household Coordinator Jennifer Dooley said. "They were dancing together earlier. They came alive."



Published: August 18, 2014