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Wounded Warrior Project to host virtual Veterans Day celebration

Sharon Shell, of Lehigh Township holds a sign and flag for George Folk, World War II and Vietnam veteran, who was surprised with a drive-by event by the Lehigh Valley in September. (April Gamiz/The Morning Call/TNS)
November 11, 2020

The Wounded Warrior Project announced a virtual Veterans Day celebration to be held on Wednesday, November 11, encouraging Americans across the country to celebrate Veterans Day from home.

Called “Honoring Our Warriors,” the virtual celebration will begin at 11:30 a.m. EST on the non-profit organization’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, a press release from the organization stated.

Wounded Warrior Project CEO Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Michael Linnington said in the midst of a difficult year, it is “more important than ever” to honor America’s heroes.

“We know this year looks a little different, but I can say as a 35-year veteran of the U.S. Army, it is more important than ever to show our gratitude to those who have made tremendous sacrifices for the liberty of this great nation,” Linnington told American Military News in an email about the event.

The event will be hosted by former NFL quarterback and current football analyst at ESPN Jesse Palmer. It will include musical performances by singer Sara Evans and male a cappella group Straight No Chaser, as well as veteran tributes that “bring to life stories of strength, courage and hope through personal anecdotes from generations of military veterans.”

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The Wounded Warrior Project said they are encouraging participants to share their own stories and tributes to veterans throughout the event.

“At Wounded Warrior Project, we believe that every day is Veterans Day,” Linnington said. “We work year-round to fulfill our mission of honoring and empowering wounded warriors and their families.”

According to Linnington, from improving the lives of post-9/11 warriors and their families to empowering veterans to live their best lives, the Wounded Warrior Project has been a determined advocate of American military veterans since 2003.

Former NFL quarterback Jesse Palmer will also host Wounded Warrior Project’s Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner in 2021.

“Throughout my time as an NFL player and broadcaster, I’ve had the opportunity to meet many active servicemembers and veterans alike, whose integrity, valor and bravery continues to inspire me to this day,” said Palmer. “It is an honor to celebrate the brave men and women who have served our country, and I am looking forward to hosting this special program with Wounded Warrior Project that commends their service and sacrifice.”

According to the group’s announcement, this year’s virtual event is made possible in part due to the support of WWP’s partner USAA.

“We encourage people to join us on Wounded Warrior Project’s Facebook page or YouTube channel on Veterans Day — Wednesday, November 11 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time, 10:30 a.m. Central time or 8:30 am Pacific time to honor our nation’s heroes,” Linnington said.