Community Gathers for Wounded Armed Services Members

For the second year in a row, the Warrior's Weekend Heroes Cup will be held in the Rockport-Fulton Area. It is a major fishing event set for Friday, but on Thursday, more than 30 wounded soldiers received a hero's welcome.

Heroes Cup is a special event put together by the Warrior's Weekend Organization, and it's for soldiers who have been injured in the line of duty.

Those wounded warriors, many of whom served multiple deployments overseas, arrived at Labonte Park Thursday. The Patriot Guard Riders were on hand as well, as were law enforcement officials and representatives from HEB and Allen Samuels, all to show their support.

From Labonte Park, the bus of wounded American warriors were taken on an escorted parade through Portland, Ingleside and Aransas Pass, finally ending at the American Legion post on Church Street in Rockport. There, grateful and thankful community members and veterans waved flags, saluted, hugged, greeted and thanked the wounded warriors for their service.

"I had a brain injury when I was in Afghanistan," U.S. Army Specialist Abdul Savage said. "You know, get shot at, bombed; but look at me today. I was 20 feet from a 5,000 pound bomb. I was in the hospital. I spent around seven months, nine months in the hospital. I felt that place was my second duty station, you know, but look at me today. God is good."

"Should be a really great time and a lot of great support out here, for you know, all of us, and it's nice to get away from the base and medical appointments and all that kind of stuff as well," said Chris Whittemore, a U.S. Marine Corps staff sergeant. "So definitely looking forward to it. Hope we all catch giant fish so we can all have them mounted up or something. So it should be good."

Whittemore served three trips to Iraq and another trip to Afghanistan, as well as a few other deployments.

Sgt. Flores from Robstown, another wounded hero who was in attendance on Thursday but did not want to appear on camera, said he does not want recognition for doing his job, but he did want to thank the community and public for their support.


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