Long Beach Waterfront Warriors Arrive in Long Beach!
5K Run on the Boardwalk and Welcome Parade this Sunday!
The Long Beach Waterfront Warriors (LBWW) organization in cooperation with the City of Long Beach is honored to welcome over 30 wounded soldiers and their families to our barrier island this week, July 20 through 26th, for some deserved rest and relaxation. A 5K “Race for the Warriors” will take place this Sunday, July 22 at 8 am on the boardwalk at Riverside, with a Welcome Parade at 3 pm beginning on Ohio Avenue in the West End.
The soldiers, who are recuperating at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington D.C. from injuries sustained while on duty, will become honorary Long Beach residents this week and will be staying in the homes of many local families and also at the Allegria Hotel.
While in Long Beach, the soldiers and their families will be treated to a special week filled with barbecues, beach events, surfing lessons, trips to NYC, a baseball game, a welcome parade, as well as other activities including rest and
The LBWW has raised money through fundraisers at local establishments and through the sale of raffles and commemorative LBWW merchandise. With the funding, the group has been able to provide support services for soldiers over the past 4 years, like medical treatment and evaluation, temporary housing, holiday gifts for those oversees and veterans’ rehabilitation services at Northport Veterans Hospital.
You can participate in supporting the Waterfront Warriors this week by running in or watching the 5K Race on Sunday at 8am on Riverside Blvd and the boardwalk. Registration takes place online at www.active.com or that morning at race site.
The highlight of the visit will be the “Welcome Parade.” Be sure to grab your beach chair and put on your best Americana; set up on West Beech and welcome the soldiers and their families to our beautiful City by the Sea. The parade steps off from Ohio Avenue at 3pm and travels to Long Beach Catholic Regional School school yard. The public is welcome to join the Waterfront Warriors at a BBQ in the school yard honoring these brave men and woman. (Donation of $10 at the gate includes BBQ, ice cream for the kids, bounce castle and live entertainment, and will support future visits by soldiers).
Who: Waterfront Warrior Visit to Long Beach
What: 5K and Welcome Parade
Where: 5K Race at Riverside Boardwalk 8AM – 11AM
Welcome Parade begins at 3PM at Ohio Ave & West Beech St.
When: Sunday, July 22, 2012