April 16-18, 2010, Kent Island American Legion Post 278 hosted our Second Annual Wounded Warrior Weekend. We invited four Combat Wounded Veterans currently undergoing extensive rehabilitation at Walter Reed Medcial Center in Washington D.C. for wounds sustained in Iraq or Afghanastan.
Our Hero's arrived on Friday afternoon and were treated to a meet and great at Post 278. Legion members spent the day roasting a pig for the evenings event. Boat Captains and their crew also came to the Pig Roast to meet with the soldiers and map out the plans for the fishing trip planned for the next day.
Up at the Crack of dawn our Hero's were whisked away to the Chesapeake Bay for Opening Day of Rockfishing. The bay was turbulent but the fish were hungry and our Hero's caught huge trophy rockfish almost as soon as their lines hit the water! Total catch for the day was 14 beautiful rockfish, the largest measuring 42 1/2 inches and weighing in at 25 lbs. The smallest was 37 inches and weighed just over 20 lbs.
Later that evening the Hero's were treated to our Wounded Warrior Gala, an all you can Shrimp Feast that was opened to the Community. Over 400 people were in attendence, food was awesome, entertainment spectacular and we raised over $12000.00 for the Walter Reed Amputee Center.
Sunday morning started with a good old country breakfast by the Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion, post 278, treated our Hero's to one of their famous Turkey Shoot Rounds. That afternoon the Kent Island Chefs prepared the fish caught the day before and we treated our Hero's to a fish fry that was so delcious, words just can't describe! Yummy!
Late that afternoon our Hero's returned home to Walter Reed, thoroughly exhausted, but still grinning from ear to ear and thanked the Legion for the best weekend ever since being injured! Kent Island Post 278 Rocks...Stop by and Visit someday, and see why our slogan is "KIAL Post 278, Where Every day is Veterans Day!