Coast Guard, Redskins honor Wounded Warriors

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Admiral Papp joined military veterans taking part in the opening coin toss of the Redskins-Buccaneers game this weekend. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
Admiral Papp joined military veterans taking part in the opening coin toss of the Redskins-Buccaneers game this weekend. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Post written by Ademide Adedokun.

This past Sunday, Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Bob Papp joined the Washington Redskins, the Metropolitan Area USO and BAE Systems in honoring a group of Wounded Warriors from Walter Reed Medical Center.

Admiral Papp meets with a veteran at Fed Ex Field. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
Admiral Papp meets with a veteran at Fed Ex Field. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

In what would be a heart-breaker for ‘Skins fans, but a memorable day for these heroes, Adm. Papp acknowledged their service and sacrifice to the Nation, calling them “today’s Greatest Generation.”

Despite wet and windy conditions, the Wounded Warriors participated in various receptions, the opening coin toss, pre-game ceremonies and at halftime three Warriors were welcomed onto the field with an outpouring of patriotism and thanks from fans and veterans past and present.

“I’m just so proud we are recognizing these heroes and their families today — and it’s wonderful that the Redskins organization and their partners were able to make this event possible,” said Papp.

The Metropolitan USO program partners with BAE Systems for the “Enlist Your Tickets” campaign, allowing Washington Redskins season ticket holders to donate their unused tickets to service members being treated at the nearby Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Despite the Redskins close defeat with a final score of 17-16, the service members and their families had a wonderful time.

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