Grassroots movement in Nipawin, Saskatchewan seen as important event to
honour and show support for veterans from Canada and the United States
WHITBY, ON, July 25, 2012 /CNW/ - Beginning on Thursday, August 23, 80
war veterans from Canada and the United States will be given a warm
Prairie welcome and honoured for their service to their country at the
first Wounded Warriors Weekend. What began with a campfire chat between
country singer Blake Emmons and his fishing partner country singer
Jimmy Chute as well as Hugh Wagner of Grain and General Services Union
has grown into a weekend filled with activities involving 1,000's of
people and many Saskatchewan communities.
The 80 wounded soldiers - 60 from Canada and 20 from the United States
and their families and caregivers will arrive at Saskatoon's John G.
Diefenbaker International Airport on Thursday, August 24, and travel
north by motorcade to Nipawin. The soldiers are from nine provinces and
"Wounded Warriors weekend is an unprecedented four day event. In the
recent 2012 Big Battlefield Bike Ride we saw how powerful group
activities are in contributing to the recovery of our soldiers," said
Captain Wayne Johnston, Founder, WoundedWarriors.ca. "The first Wounded
Warriors Weekend will provide soldiers and their families from Canada
and the United States a similar experience through a number of relaxing
activities, the strength of a community and the opportunity to make
connections and realize they are not alone."
At Vanity Ventures as well as other cabins, hotels and motels in
Nipawin, Pruden's Point and the surrounding area the group will be
able to relax, fish in the Saskatchewan River and Tobin Lake, golf at
the Evergreen or Rolling Hills, meet,and socialize. The events also
give Canadians the opportunity to demonstrate their support and
appreciation for the sacrifice and service of the troops.
"We want to honour and thank our war veterans," said country singer and
Nipawin resident Blake Emmons, "This weekend is for those Canadian and
American soldiers who came home after serving their country in Bosnia,
Iraq and Afghanistan and are now challenged with physical injuries
sustained in combat as well as an unnoticeable injury known as Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder. We want to support them in their recovery."
The schedule already includes:
Thursday, August 23 - Arrival between 1:15 pm and 3:00 pm at John G. Diefenbaker
International Airport, Saskatoon. Met by honour guard including the
Royal Canadian Legion, a pipe band, residents of Saskatoon. Motorcade
with Cavalcade of Heroes through Saskatoon and north to Nipawin via
Duck Lake and Love. Dinner in Prince Albert hosted by the Mayor at
Northern Lights Casino.
Friday, August 24 - Nipawin - Welcome Breakfast in Elk's Hall, Lund Fishing Challenge,
Shore Lunch at Pruden's Point and Dinner and Writer's in the Round
Concert at White Fox Community Centre.
Saturday, August 25 - Nipawin, Lund Fishing Challenge or golf at Evergreen Golf and Country
Club and Rolling Pines. Breakfast at Legion Hall sponsored by Knights
of Columbus. Formal Dinner at Evergreen Centre which will be attended
by Lt. Governor Schofield.
Sunday, August 26 - Lund fishing challenge until 3:00 pm and/or golf. Breakfast at
Evergreen Centre sponsored by Lion's Club. Sunday morning gospel sing
at the park, a barbecue and a Country Music Concert at the Nipawin
Fair Grounds, awards for the biggest walleye northern, closing
ceremony. Admission is free and donations will be accepted.
Monday, August 27 - Breakfast at the Legion Hall sponsored by Just For You
Catering/Legion. Disembark with "Wounded Warriors Cavalcade" for
Saskatoon via Tisdale, Waka, Melfort.
For an up-to-date schedule, go to http://woundedwarriorsweekend.org/events/
"It is through events such as this that we will begin to remove the
stigma around mental illness and help break down the barriers for the
soldiers and their families," added Johnston.
Sponsors include the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses to the Grain and
General Services Union. Besides supplying boats for the weekend, the
Lund Boat Company is offering donors of $10 or more the opportunity to
win the fishing experience of a lifetime (http://woundedwarriorsweekend.org/win/)
To follow: Twitter: @WoundWarriorCa, @wwcawayne
Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/2431856118/, woundedwarriors.ca and woundedwarriorsweekend.org
About Wounded Warriors.ca: Founded in 2006, Wounded Warriors.ca is a
non-profit organization that helps Canadian Forces members - be they
full time or reservists - who have been wounded or injured in their
service to Canada since 1990. We help find solutions for current and
former members of the Canadian Forces where gaps have left them in
need. While providing programs to all members of the Canadian Forces
who have been wounded or injured, our primary focus is on reservist
mental health. Our secondary focus is on physical health support, and
tertiary focus is on life skills development for all members of the
Canadian Forces who have been wounded or injured.
SOURCE: Wounded Warriors.ca
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