The Annapolis Chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen’s Association will host 35 wounded warriors from Walter Reed Army Medical Center and their caregivers on Sunday, April 17, 2011, for a day of rockfishing on the Chesapeake Bay. This is the second year for “Rock on Warriors,” an event that pays tribute to the nation’s wounded veterans.
Twelve boats displaying large American flags will depart the Fleet Reserve Club at the Annapolis City Dock at 9 a.m. for a five-hour fishing trip.
“Last year’s event proved to be an incredible day for our guests — many of whom were joined by their family members — and gave them the opportunity to spend a day away from the confines of the hospital. We’re delighted to have this opportunity to show our appreciation to these brave fighters,” said John Thibodeau, president of the Annapolis Chapter of the MSSA.
The MSSA is inviting area residents, boaters and fishermen to look for the boats at the dock or on the bay, and wave to thank the warriors for their service. A motorcycle escort from the Anne Arundel County Police will escort the warriors’ bus into the downtown area.
Following the tournament, an awards reception at the Fleet Reserve Club will feature trophy and gift certificate presentations to the warriors catching the three biggest fish. All participants will receive a plaque for their participation, a “Rock on Warriors” t-shirt and other mementos commemorating the day.
Due to the success of last year’s inaugural tournament, the 2011 event has attracted numerous personal, business and corporate sponsors. Their monetary, in-kind and merchandise donations will make this year’s event even more memorable for the warriors.
The MSSA is dedicated to providing a unified voice to preserve and protect the rights, traditions and future of recreational fishing. The Annapolis Chapter of the MSSA is one of the organization’s largest and most active with 500 local members. Information on the chapter, fishing reports and upcoming events can be found at www.mssaannapolis.com and via Twitter at www.twitter.com/RockOnWarriors.