Monday, June 22, 2009

First TKAA "Heroes on the Water" event a big success!

On Saturday June 2oth the TKAA hosted its first "Heroes on the Water" event. Eight marines and one Navy seal from Portsmouth Naval Hospital attended the event. Approximately 20 TKAA members provided extra kayaks and their time to get the indiviuals out on the water. The volunteers met at 6am and had everything ready for the HOW participants by their arrival at 9am.

In less than 5 minutes all marines and volunteers where out on the water without a hitch. Every one gathered at the ramp for a group shot! OH RAH!

Everyone spread out and started to fish, the temperatures were soaring but so was everyone's spirits.

Caleb the Navy Seal did not touch a fishing rod, but really enjoyed his time out on the water, he had spent the last two months in a hospital room. He really likedthe Ultimate Multisport Propel, even with his injury he moved quite well in the Native Watercraft.

TKAA member Ryan Anderson chatting with Caleb.

Even though fishing was slow, some guys did manage to catch fish here Marine Cpl. Mike Manning fights the big one.

The splashes and commotion made everyone stop what they where doing to see what Mike had on the line.

Which turned out to be a keeper flounder, which he took home to eat.

His brother, also a marine also had one one but it turned out to be a foul hooked stingray.

TKAA member Mike Coates, who is a Navy IDC, and the event emergency specalist, managed to get bowed up as well, even the volunteers got to fish.

Mike 's fish turned out to be a scrappy black drum pup.

At lunch Pizza was provideed by Crab Creek Pizza and served by the Moose Lodge Youth Group. TKAA president, Mark Lozier enjoying a slice under the shade tree.

As a token of gratatude the HOW warriors were presented with medal that read "Our Hero" on the front and TKAA Heroes On The Water, June 20, 2009 on the back.

Caleb posing with his medal. Its hard to beat that big smile.

Or these big smiles!

In the end our first event went on without a hitch, the volunteers knew what to do and everything ran as smooth as silk. I would like to personally thank everyone who helped out, and loaned us your kayak and or your saturday. I cannot express how proud I am of my fellow TKAA members, and how grateful I am of the Warriors who made sacrifices to protect my freedom. I cannot wait until September to do it again.

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