“May The Fourth Be With You”

In honor of Star Wars Day, which is celebrated by Star Wars enthusiasts around the world, characters from the popular film saga visited patients at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital on Wednesday morning. The kids were able to interact with some of their favorite characters from the movies by posing for pictures and seeing the light sabers up close.

The visiting group was made up of members from the 501st Legion, a worldwide Star Wars fan club that celebrates the Star Wars universe using costumes and props, in particular those of the Stormtroopers, Imperial forces, other various “bad guy” characters and, of course, Darth Vader.

May 4 is marked as Star Wars Day due to the popularity of the catchphrase, “May the Force be with you,” which fans alter to, “May the fourth be with you.” Fans celebrate by dressing as their favorite characters, hosting movie marathons and more.

“Some of our patients are big fans of the movies, so a visit like this means a lot to them,” said Alyssa Luksa, manager of Child Life and Expressive Therapies at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. “We are extremely thankful to the 501st Legion for taking the time to come spread some joy to our patients. The force is certainly strong in them.”