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Tee it Up for the Troops Kicks off Thursday

August 23, 2017 07:11 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) - Tee It Up for the Troops has been working extensively to ensure that its 11th Annual Golf Benefit is the most memorable yet. What many previous attendees say they remember and appreciate the most are the opening ceremonies that not only please the eye and ear but strive to honor and respect all those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces.

Among the highlights of the ceremonies is the opening invocation and prayer, performed for the last five years by Holy Cross Lutheran Church’s Senior Pastor, Steve Schauder.

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“To see the community come together with really an outpouring of support is just so uplifting,” he said.

This year, the Benefit will recognize two Vietnam Veterans who have both received the Medal of Honor. Something that local Army National Guard Sgt. Reid Bruns said is something everybody will enjoy and remember.

“It’s rare that you get to see one, so having two is going to be awesome,” he said.

While the Medal of Honor recipients will be highlighted in the program, the day is for everyone in attendance. Many of the golfers are either Veterans or active Military and the day serves as a reminder that there are members of the community that care and recognize their service.

“They’re appreciated for the day for sure,” said Pastor Schauder.

“It’s just nice to see that we have support not just in the ranks, but also in the community as well,” Reid said.

This year, the event will also feature members of the Air Force parachuting down at the beginning of the ceremonies. This was originally planned for the Benefit in 2016 but was unfortunately washed out by the rain.


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