Burien B&B Hosting Couple Free As Part Of ‘B&B For Vets’; Donations Sought

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Burien’s Eagle’s View Bed and Breakfast is participating in the international ‘B&B’s for Vets’ program taking place this Wednesday, Nov. 10th, by allowing a veteran couple a night’s stay for free.

They’re also seeking additional donations from local businesses for this couple, as a way to honor our Veterans. If you’re a local business who’d like to donate, please contact Brian Barnes at [email protected] or at 206-246-4754.

As part of our donation, any business that contributes to this worthy cause will be mentioned in a followup story we’re planning to post on Veteran’s Day (Thursday, Nov. 11th).

Brian & Teri Barnes, proprietors of Eagle’s View, tell us that they are opening their doors to a couple from Fort Lewis, who could really use the night out:

Our guests will be a younger couple with three little kids.

The Mom has her hands full and would love to get out for the night ALONE with her husband.

Her husband has served 3 times already in the gulf and is presently on active duty.

We are going to cover their gas to come up, the baby sitter, and the gourmet breakfast.

The House Restaurant will cover both of their dinners.

“B&B’s for Vets” was started last year in West Virginia, but achieved critical mass in 2010 when over 400 B&B’s in the US and Canada signed on to honor US military veterans and active military personnel by donating a complimentary night’s stay on November 10, 2010.

We’re hoping some other local businesses can donate items to the couple, like free food, gift cards or whatever you deem appropriate to honor our Veterans. If you have something you’d like to donate, please contact Brian at [email protected] or at 206-246-4754.

UPDATE 11/10/10: Brian sent us an email Wednesday morning with the following update on local businesses who are donating to this cause:

  • Will and Stephanie Collier, owners, at the House Restaurant www.colliercatering.com/house are offering two complimentary dinners for the couple on Wednesday night.
  • Colleen Nelson, owner, at www.goodiegumdropstoys.com is offering a $100 dollar gift certificate for toys for their three young kids and they are also offering lunch for two at www.btownburgers.com the next day.
  • Dan Davis, owner/chef, at www.sidestreetkitchen.com, wants to be a part of it and has offered free drinks or whatever they want before going over to the House Restaurant.
  • Daniel Keane, owner of Serenza Salon & Spa, (formerly Market Place Salon & Spa) will be donating a spa event for Thursday as well.

For more information on the B&B’s for Vets program, go to the website: http://www.bnbsforvets.org.

Veteran’s Day is this Thursday, Nov. 11th; here’s info on it from the US Department of Veterans Affairs website:

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

Brian adds:

My grandfather was West Point 1917.

My father was West Point 1942.

My brother was Naval Academy 1966.

I graduated from the Air Force Academy 1975.

My wife was an aircraft mechanic for the Air Force, and has worked for the Army and Navy as well. She is also a past national president of the Reserve Officers Association League.

Teri and I are very excited to offer our B&B to those who are putting their lives at risk to keep us free here at home.

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One Response to “Burien B&B Hosting Couple Free As Part Of ‘B&B For Vets’; Donations Sought”
  1. This is a fantastic way to show our support for those who have served. There is a real opportunity for others to pitch in on this.

    What could you provide that would help – a gift certificate to your business, provide something that could be included in a gift basket for them?

    Please, if you would like to help in any way, coordinate with Brian Barnes at [email protected] or at 206-246-4754.

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