Wounded Warrior Weekend Arrives July 12
The Wounded Warrior Project will arrive in Rockaway on Thursday, July 12, for a weekend of festivities and water sports as the residents of Rockaway open their doors and hearts to wounded soldiers from around the world.
On Thursday the soldiers are given a grand entrance into Rockaway at 6 p.m. with a red, white and blue-lined parade along Rockaway Beach Boulevard that takes them through Roxbury, Neponsit and Belle Harbor to Beach 126 Street, after which the soldiers and their host families are treated to a welcoming reception at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club.
On Friday the soldiers go fishing on a charter boat while their wives are treated to a day at Strands Salon. The day culminates with an evening dinner cruise around Manhattan. The following day the soldiers enjoy a full day of adaptive water sports including surfing. The evening ends with a Special Olympics fundraiser on Beach 134 Street at the home of Flip and Rita Mullen where the Wounded Warriors are invited as specials guests. Admission is a donation of $35 for adults and $5 for children.
Sunday is the final day the soldiers are in Rockaway. They will celebrate mass at the Breezy Point 9/11 Memorial site followed by a meet and greet with the soldiers. For more information on how to get involved, host a family, or donate to the weekend’s festivities call Flip Mullen at 718-945-4593 or Mary Ellen Olsen at 917-603-8008.