Helping Our Heroes
On the 15th anniversary of 9/11, Helping Our Heroes gathered at Frontiers of Flight Museum to honor heroes in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard, as well as local police, firemen, and first responders; guests arrived to W. T. White’s Junior ROTC standing at attention.
Event Co-chairs were Mike Marasco and Travis Wilson. 2016 Guest of Honor General James F. Amos, 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps, spoke about how his office at the Pentagon was destroyed after a plane hit the Pentagon and how America was changed following the attacks on September 11, 2001. Local hero and this year’s Honorary Chair Marine Corporal Brian Aft also took the stage to tell his story. On April 8, 2011, Aft struck an improvised explosive device while patrolling on duty in Afghanistan. Taking the brunt of the explosion, Aft suffered numerous injuries including the loss his lower extremities.
“The days after 9/11 were the worst of times but they were also the best of times because people came together and were more appreciative and thankful for their country,” General James F. Amos said. “It is organizations like Helping Our Heroes that are truly making a difference in the lives of veterans and anyone who serves. I am thankful for the opportunity to be here tonight.” Proceeds benefited Semper Fi Fund and Folds of Honor.
Photo 1: Event Co-Chair Travis Wilson, Honorary Chair Corporal Brian Aft and Event Co-Chair Mike Marasco
Photo 2: Trip Bomar, Guest of Honor General James F Amos, Kate Cavanaugh, Colonel Anthony Wood and JB Edwar