‘I’m not going to forget’

Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 10:51 AM.

The wounded warriors arrived in Gulf County last Wednesday.They left on Sunday having a community apply a soothing balm.

Other than rough seas that delayed the fishing until Saturday the Forgotten Coast Wounded Warrior Weekend provided a great escape for 20 warriors and their caregivers who enjoyed postcard weather, a warm community embrace and plenty of fun.

From the Honor Parade and Banquet that officially kicked off the event last Thursday, and which saw hundreds line the parade route and gather at the Centennial Building for a welcoming salute to a day of offshore fishing, the weekend was one to remember.

“Coming here to the Forgotten Coast, that is a name, because I am not going to forget,” said Sgt. Major Jesse Acosta who served as keynote speaker at the banquet and snagged some fish, despite being totally blind, over the weekend.

“This is about the warriors and also those spouses and caregivers who continue to hang in there. By extending those arms, extending that hand, if we forget it is not because we want to but because of our issues. But the memory of this will come back.”

The honored guests sure had an opportunity to enjoy Gulf County under gleaming skies and warm, but not too warm, temperatures.

Fishing wasn’t the only pastime that warriors and their caregivers embraced.

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