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.