Wounded Warrior Weekend begins Wednesday

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

The day of fishing will end with a gathering at 5 p.m. ET at the marina which will be followed by a private dinner for warriors and captains at WindMark later that night.

The warriors and caregivers will spend Saturday enjoying the sights and experiences of Gulf County – shopping, fishing, an excursion on the Dead Lakes, the Tupelo Honey Festival in Wewahitchka and horseback riding among activities on the itinerary – before departing on Sunday.

The Forgotten Coast Wounded Warrior Weekend is not free and is immeasurably aided by the monetary donations from the community.

Bluewater Outriggers and Duren’s Piggly Wiggly are currently selling Forgotten Coast Wounded Warrior Weekend t-shirts. The cost is $12 for XXL and $10 for all other sizes.

A limited number of tickets are also still available to attend the Honor Banquet at the Centennial Building. Tickets are priced $25-$50 depending on level of financial participation in the event.

But the impact can be priceless, as Acosta noted from his experience.

The wounded warrior events provide, Acosta said, a respite from the life changes that accompany catastrophic injury in war, if even for a day on the water, an afternoon on the beach or a quiet meal with men and women, and their caretakers, who understand and empathize with what those changes.

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