Wednesday Night, Renee Zellweger helped honor United States solders at the USO of Metropolitan Washington’s 27th annual awards dinner in Washington DC. She chatted away with the military men, shaking hands and sharing laughs as she passed out awards and autographs.
In addition to the lovely Renee, 34 of the living Medal of Honor recipients came to show their support for the troops and for a special celeb honoree, Al Franken, for his service entertaining troops overseas. The Saturday Night Live alum has been working with USO for 10 years, spreading the laughs to the hard working solders.
USO of Metropolitan Washington is a non-profit charity that offers a variety of programs to help service members and their loved ones. They work primarily with troops who have recently returned from service and through their “Celebrity Handshake Tours” they bring all-star celebs to visit them in hospitals. Other than Al Franken, celebrity participants include Jon Stewart, Fall Out Boy, Shaquille O’Neal, Snoop Dogg, Adam Sandler, and Justin Timberlake.
The event was Renee’s first with the organization but given her moving words, it seems as though it won’t be her last. “I love this event,” Renee told the audience, “I’ve met a lot of true heroes through the USO. The hardest road the soldiers walk is the one he or she faces after the battle is over. It’s inspiring, but it’s extraordinarily moving. I have to say, it’s tremendously humbling.”
Al Franken also said some words at the event, recalling moments from his experience with the troops. He mentioned that while he doesn't agree with war itself, he loved supporting the troops.
What do you think about this attitude towards the troops? Do you agree that we should put our political views aside and honor the men and women who are fighting overseas? Comment below!
By CGG reporter, Caroline Kotter