DoD Warrior Games in Chicago Opens With 265 Participants, Celebrities to Celebrate America’s Homecoming for Wounded, Ill & Injured Service Members

DoD Warrior Games in Chicago Opens With 265 Participants, Celebrities

Celebrates America’s Homecoming for Wounded, Ill & Injured Service Members & Their Families and Friends


July 2, 2017:  DoD (Department of Defense News)

As the 4th of July weekend arrives, Shannon Collins, journalist with the DoD News updates on America’s Homecoming and the  2017 Warrior Games hosted in Chicago’s Soldier Field on July 1, 2017.

Ms. Collins  highlights, “As comedian Jon Stewart and Navy Adm. John Richardson, chief of naval operations, announced the official opening of the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games here yesterday, medically retired Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Sarah Rudder walked-in a hand torch at Soldier Field, where it was passed between teams, with medically retired Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Hamilton lastly using it to light a flame for the games.”

Fisher House Foundation's Ken Fisher Welcomes Guest at 2017 Warrior Games at Chicago's Soldiers FieldThe event was attended by over 10,000 Chicagoans, and featured welcoming remarks by Navy Admiral Richardson (Chief of Naval Operations), Ken Fisher, President & CEO of Fisher House Foundation, world-renown artists, Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton, rock and roll hall of fame Sam Moore and the President & CEO of Boeing, Dennis Muilenburg.

The article spotlights:

Kelly Clarkson whom “opened the concert with “My Life Would Suck Without You” and told the crowd, “I’m excited and honored to be here. Thank you so much for your service. We are super honored. When I was told about Warrior Games, I was so inspired, and I’m just so excited to be a part of this and just thank you so much for having us here.”

As she readied the audience for “Piece By Piece,” she was overcome with emotion as she told the athletes, service members and veterans in the audience, “Y’all are real heroes; y’all are real heroes.”

Blake Shelton closed the show and told his fans, “Happy Independence Day weekend! I hope you’re not going to get tired of me celebrating these military people I see out here in the audience tonight and their families. Thank you so much.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Sam Moore performs the hit song “Soul Man” for the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games opening ceremonies at Soldier Field in Chicago, July 1, 2017. The DoD Warrior Games are an annual event allowing wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans to compete in Paralympic-style sports. DoD photo by EJ Hersom

“The men and women that serve and protect this country on a daily basis allow the rest of us the freedoms we enjoy,” Shelton said earlier. “I’m proud to be part of this event and root these heroes on to victory at this year’s Warrior Games.”

To read the full article on the DoD web site, click here.


 

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