Wounded Warriors Beach Retreat this week

By: Erica Rakow Email
By: Erica Rakow Email

Panama City Beach-- Local folks have the opportunity this week to honor those who've been wounded in service to our country. The wounded warriors beach retreat was founded several years ago by a woman whose son lost his legs after a roadside bomb exploded in Iraq.

Linda Cope has seen the struggles her son has faced and has made it her mission to give those in similar situations a chance to let go of their problems, even if only for a little while.

Twice a year, the organization hosts wounded warriors and their caretakers for a weekend of relaxation and fun in Panama City Beach. The latest group will begin to arrive Wednesday.

"It's such a struggle for the caregiver as well as the soldier so what we do is focus on the caregiver and the soldier and make it a very memorable time for all of them," said Linda Cope.

The public is invited to take part in the retreat Thursday night. A motorcade will escort the wounded warriors from the Bay Point Marriott to First Baptist Church on Harrison Avenue for an opening ceremony.
Cope asks the public to line the streets from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. along the route. The opening ceremony is also open to the public and begins at 7 p.m.

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  • by Sue Ellen Location: Panama City, FL on Apr 15, 2011 at 05:16 AM
    I noticed on the WJHG file footage of the motorcade yesterday the fire truck ladder had the American Flag on its ladder upside down - what is the significance of this?????? And, I was there waving my Flag proudly along with about 10 friends - WOW and cudos to Mrs. Cope for her efforts in organizing this! My husband is a retired Vet of 31 years in the US Navy.
  • by Joe Location: Panama City Beach on Apr 13, 2011 at 07:32 PM
    Let's do one act of random kindness for our wounded soldiers by lining the streets with local residents and waving American flags to show are appreciation for their service to our Country!Please come out and show them the respect that their surely deserve and let us not forget these wounded soldiers and their families! May god bless all are men and women, who serve in our armed forces around the world! Amen!
  • by steve Location: PC on Apr 13, 2011 at 11:04 AM
    The Wounded Warrior Salute at the church is an event not to be missed. There were several hundred in attendance last year. The facility will hold a couple of thousand so lets all be there to encourage this wounded vets. You will have a new appreciation for the sacrifices made my our military folks if you attend this event.
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