Wounded Warrior Weekend begins Wednesday

Published: Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 09:37 AM.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to line the parade route to salute the warriors.

“In Port St. Joe you can feel it is out of pure thankfulness, nothing more,” said Marine Staff Sgt. Glen Silva, who will be returning this year as a mentor.

“Sometimes that can get lost in translation, but it is good the warriors are there for as long as they are because they can see it is sincere. It is such a unique experience. People in Port St. Joe put aside all their differences to put on something special. It touches you on a personal level.”

The Honor Banquet, at which Army Sgt. Major Jesse Acosta, who was severely wounded in Afghanistan, losing his sight among other injuries, will be the guest speaker.

“I’m honored,” Acosta said. “I can talk to the warriors because I can relate. I live it every day.”

The following day, Friday, the warriors will be escorted to the Port St. Joe Marina for a 7 a.m. ET start to the fishing tournament that defines the Forgotten Coast Wounded Warrior Weekend.

The warriors will be leaving the marina near Jetty Park – another opportunity for a community salute – in the boats of captains who have donated their time, vessels and supplies to the event.

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