On October 24th, 2012, the first annual Heart of America Wounded Warrior Golf Benefit took place in Overland Park, KS. This was a golf event unlike any other. It began with a moving rendition of the Star Spangled Banner performed by a U.S. Marine and was followed by a heartwarming speech from Lt. Col. Hugh Mills. Veterans were recognized and fallen heroes honored with “Taps”. Each of the 18 greens on the course flew the American flag, and not one touched ground that day as veterans and volunteers stood by the flags holding them with pride as the golfers putted out each hole. The closing ceremony gave thanks to volunteers and veterans alike and was topped off with a poem that was read by Chris Hahn, a heroic warrior who wrote it after returning home. The touching poem gave new meaning to “adapt and overcome”.
When the opportunity is there, thank a veteran.
Securitas Security Services cosponsored the event with Burns & McDonnell and raised $20,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project. To learn more about how you can honor and help our wounded warriors, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.