While most were wearing their green on Saturday, a handful of patriotic citizens were wearing their red, white, and blue at the second annual U.S. Constitution Freedom Rally on Okaloosa Island.
The event was held at the Emerald Coast Convention Center and sets out to raise money and awareness for wounded and fallen veterans and their families. High ranking military officials, along with members of the U.S Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, and Special Forces teams were on hand at the day-long event. Governor Rick Scott also made an appearance later in the day, and commended our heroes who have selflessly given so much for our country.
"What it made me realize is the sacrifice that a lot of our wounded, their families, and the families of our fallen go through. I left my mission, (being operational and taking the fight to the enemy), and began a new mission, and that was raising the national awareness and the sacrifice of all of those individuals, that helped build this nation" said Jay Redman, a U.S. Navy Seal who was ambushed and shot multiple times in the line of duty while deployed overseas back in 2007. Redman has undergone more than thirty-seven resconstructive surgeries in the last four years.
Saturday's event was both non-political and non-partisan and funds raised will benefit organizations like the Wounded Wear, Freedom Alliance, and the Navy Seal Foundation.