Music at Walter Reed
Ten years after the September 11 attacks, musician Carolyn Surrick reflects on performing every Friday at Walter Reed for wounded soldiers.[audio http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wypr/local-wypr-985564.mp3]
On August 27, the last 18 patients moved from the now-shuttered Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., to the Naval Medical Center in Bethesda.
For over a century, Walter Reed provided care for our armed forces’ sick and wounded. For much of the past decade, it stood as a grim, yet inspiring reminder of the sacrifices some Americans made as our nation went to war after the attacks of September 11, 2001.
In this segment, we hear stories from a Maryland woman who spent a lot of time at Walter Reed over the past three years. Musician Carolyn Surrick played the viola da gamba for soldiers at the Mologne House just about every Friday until Walter Reed closed.
On September 11, 2011, her group Trio Galilei played a concert at the Creative Alliance in Southeast Baltimore. Proceeds from the sale of their CDs will go into making more CDs to be given to soldiers through the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
Carolyn Surrick has also written Between War and Here, a collection of poetry and essays about her experiences playing for the wounded warriors.
Photo of Above and Beyond Trio.