Rockaway Welcomes Wounded Warriors
Although Sandy destroyed so much, the Rockaway and Breezy Point communities will continue their tradition of welcoming the Wounded Warriors by hosting the ninth-annual event this weekend. Although venues and activities and other adjustments have had to be made, the signature event will go on. The Wounded Warrior Project officials praised the efforts of the Fire and Police Departments of New York and groups like the Legends in Valor and other volunteers in helping the event take place again.
“It speaks volumes to the resolve of this community and the character of its residents to move on with this event in support of our mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, while they still rebuild from Superstorm Sandy,” said Al Giordano, deputy executive director, Wounded Warrior Project. “We are honored to return to Rockaway for an event that is one of the highlights of the year to provide a wonderful weekend for these warriors and hopefully aid not only in the recovery of the warriors in attendance, but this proud community, as well.”
During the festival weekend, more than 40 Wounded Warriors will have the opportunity to learn adaptive waterskiing, surfing and other water sports throughout the four-day event hosted at Riis Landing (Jacob Riis Park – Rockaway Beach Boulevard).
Before taking to the water, the Wounded Warriors are welcomed to Rockaway by a parade. Supporters cheer and wave the Warriors as they make their way from Staten Island to Breezy Point to a welcoming party hosted by the Belle Harbor Yacht Club.
According to officials, the mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.