Children of 27th Inf. Regt. reach out to young Holy Family Home visitors

| July 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photos by
Staff Sgt. Amber Robinson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

Carrie Tyson, a family member with 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, helps a child create handmade decorations for Holy Family Home Orphanage children, Saturday.SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Children of 25th Infantry Division Soldiers gathered to reach out to children across the globe, during a special decorating party held at the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, headquarters, here, Saturday. 

The 2nd Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, will soon host the 53rd annual visit from orphans from the Holy Family Home Orphanage in Osaka, Japan. Every year, the 27th Inf. Regt. hosts orphans from this specific orphanage in Japan to continue an age-old tradition, bred from a relationship that bloomed more than 60 years ago. 

The relationship with the Wolfhounds and the Holy Family Home orphanage began shortly after World War II, when a group of Wolfhound Soldiers toured the orphanage during Christmas. The Soldiers were so appalled at the condition of the orphanage that they took matters into their own hands. At the time, then Sgt. Hugh O’ Reilly collected money for the orphanage and, from that one act, sprang a legacy which remains to this day. 

Yearly, Soldiers from either Wolfhound Battalion travel to visit the orphans in Japan, and in turn, several orphans are selected each year to visit the Wolfhounds on their home ground. 

Wolfhound Soldiers and their families go out of their way to make the orpha-ns’ visit memorable, personal and sincere, as each year, the children of the Wolfhound Brigade make special handmade decorations and gifts for the arriving orphans. 

“Having the decorations from the kids gives the reception a real, personal feeling,” said Capt. Kenneth Jura, rear detachment commander of 1-27th Inf. Regt. “Our relationship with the orphanage is a true familial type of relationship, and by including our kids, we are cementing that concept and passing that tradition on.”

Although 2-27th Inf. Regt. has the lead on hosting the orphans’ visit, Tuesday, both battalions gathered with their children to make decorations. 

“It’s been great for all the regiment’s families to be able to get together,” said Debbie Wilson, wife of Lt. Col. Daniel Wilson, commander, 2-27th Inf. Regt. “Even though (the 2nd Bn., 27th Inf. Regt.) has the lead this year, it’s so great to know we have the support of our sister battalion. 

“It’s important that we are in this together as a regiment, that no one feels it’s just one battalion making this happen, but that it’s the entire Wolfhound family that supports this event and makes it a success each year,” she said.

Children traced outlines of their hands on colored paper and made special handmade lei. 

“My favorite project was making the lei,” said Emilio Bautista, son of Jose Bautista  who is currently deployed to Iraq with 1-27th Inf. Regt. “I hope it lets (the orphans) know we are nice, and we will be nice to them.”

When the orphans arrive, several families from 2-27th Inf. Regt. will foster the children for the time they are here. Many of the families have children of their own, who are close to the same age as the orphans they will foster. 

The interaction between the orphans and these Wolfhound children is a major part of the visit. It allows the orphans and Wolfhound children to gain a new life experience and share their cultures with one another. 

“The kids are always happy to be involved,” said Yuko O’Reilly, whose late husband initiated the Wolfhound’s first act of kindness toward the orphans many years ago. “When the orphans arrive and meet their foster family and their children, no one has to say ‘be friends.’ They are already friends! It is the simple way of children.”

Story and Photos by Staff Sgt. Amber Robinson3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry DivisionSCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Children of 25th Infantry Division Soldiers gathered to reach out to children across the globe, during a special decorating party held at the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, headquarters, here, Saturday. The 2nd Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, will soon host the 53rd annual visit from orphans from the Holy Family Home Orphanage in Osaka, Japan. Every year, the 27th Inf. Regt. hosts orphans from this specific orphanage in Japan to continue an age-old tradition, bred from a relationship that bloomed more than 60 years ago. The relationship with the Wolfhounds and the Holy Family Home orphanage began shortly after World War II, when a group of Wolfhound Soldiers toured the orphanage during Christmas. The Soldiers were so appalled at the condition of the orphanage that they took matters into their own hands. At the time, then Sgt. Hugh O’ Reilly collected money for the orphanage and, from that one act, sprang a legacy which remains to this day. Yearly, Soldiers from either Wolfhound Battalion travel to visit the orphans in Japan, and in turn, several orphans are selected each year to visit the Wolfhounds on their home ground. Wolfhound Soldiers and their families go out of their way to make the orpha-ns’ visit memorable, personal and sincere, as each year, the children of the Wolfhound Brigade make special handmade decorations and gifts for the arriving orphans. “Having the decorations from the kids gives the reception a real, personal feeling,” said Capt. Kenneth Jura, rear detachment commander of 1-27th Inf. Regt. “Our relationship with the orphanage is a true familial type of relationship, and by including our kids, we are cementing that concept and passing that tradition on.”Although 2-27th Inf. Regt. has the lead on hosting the orphans’ visit, Tuesday, both battalions gathered with their children to make decorations. “It’s been great for all the regiment’s families to be able to get together,” said Debbie Wilson, wife of Lt. Col. Daniel Wilson, commander, 2-27th Inf. Regt. “Even though (the 2nd Bn., 27th Inf. Regt.) has the lead this year, it’s so great to know we have the support of our sister battalion. “It’s important that we are in this together as a regiment, that no one feels it’s just one battalion making this happen, but that it’s the entire Wolfhound family that supports this event and makes it a success each year,” she said.Children traced outlines of their hands on colored paper and made special handmade lei. “My favorite project was making the lei,” said Emilio Bautista, son of Jose Bautista  who is currently deployed to Iraq with 1-27th Inf. Regt. “I hope it lets (the orphans) know we are nice, and we will be nice to them.”When the orphans arrive, several families from 2-27th Inf. Regt. will foster the children for the time they are here. Many of the families have children of their own, who are close to the same age as the orphans they will foster. The interaction between the orphans and these Wolfhound children is a major part of the visit. It allows the orphans and Wolfhound children to gain a new life experience and share their cultures with one another. “The kids are always happy to be involved,” said Yuko O’Reilly, whose late husband initiated the Wolfhound’s first act of kindness toward the orphans many years ago. “When the orphans arrive and meet their foster family and their children, no one has to say ‘be friends.’ They are already friends! It is the simple way of children.”

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