Ultimate Flags helping first responders and veterans
Okeechobee, October 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Ultimate Flags has been honored to help make a great event a reality in Deadwood, SD. The event, the Healing Heroes Golf Tournament and Retreat, was held to honor the heroes of the 9/11 terrorist attacks over the 20th anniversary weekend at the Sacred Mountain Retreat Center.
Veteran Greg Maynard reached out to UltimateFlags.com for his help in creating and donating special flags for this event. They were to be given as gifts to the heroes who were at Ground Zero on 9/11/01. âThese guys said they weren’t heroes, they just did their job,â Maynard said.
Maynard’s role was to mentor veterans and law enforcement officers on a 7-day retreat. Although he was unable to golf in the tournament due to a back injury, he had fun with his fellow veterans and first responders. âOn the anniversary of September 11, members of the NYPD and FDNY who all worked at Ground Zero joined us. “
When they arrived at the airport, the seven heroes of September 11, Bruce Fitz, retired from the FDNY; Carl Meyer, retired from FDNY; Chuck Todd, retiree from FDNY; Chris Dukes, retiree from NYPD; NYPD retiree John Fitzgibbons; NYPD retiree Sean O’Neill and NYPD retiree Tom Kurtz were greeted by a police escort from the Rapid City Police Department and South Dakota Highway Patrol and hundreds of people waving placards and flags throughout the hour’s drive from the airport to the retreat.
During the retreat, two veterans received yellow lab support puppies. SMRC runs a program called Puppies Healing Heroes. The goal is to connect support dogs with service members and first responders who are affected by PTSD or other disabilities. It is a donation-based program.
SMRC offers an incredible program designed for and around Veteran and First Responder communities as well as Gold Star families. This is a âno-costâ program, where the cost of transportation, food and accommodation are all covered by charitable donations from others.
At the event, Maynard asked all veterans, law enforcement and firefighters to sign a flag. This flag was auctioned off and all proceeds were donated to benefit everyone who comes to the Sacred Mountain Retreat Center.
At Sacred Mountain, they’re there to help police officers, first responders, veterans and more deal with trauma. Their website states, âNot all scars are visible, but we all have them. Scars from seeing friends die in a combat zone or take another human life. Or, maybe you are an officer involved in a shootout that has left a stain on your humanity. Maybe it was a call to fire where charred bodies still haunt you or the DUI victim who climbed lifeless in the back of your ambulance. Each of us who have walked with the devil and seen the darkness of mankind has a scar from our journey. It’s part of the business whether we know it or not; part of the job we signed up for. Sadly, far too many are trying to make their way through the chaos on their own. Sacred Mountain Retreat Center can help, visit www.sacredmountainretreat.org for more information.
Greg also asked veterans, law enforcement and firefighters to sign 1 final flag so he can hand it over to Ultimate Flags owners Jonica and Glenn Hough who never hesitate to help the military and first responders.
Jonica Hough said: âIt was something special that I will cherish forever. I am eternally grateful to all of our veterans, law enforcement and first responders who keep our country and our communities safe. can’t imagine what it was like in New York on that tragic day. They are ALL heroes in my book. Thank you to everyone who serves, I humbly thank you for your service. “
UltimateFlags.com will continue to support groups that help veterans, law enforcement and first responders.
Jonica Hough said, âI would like to sincerely thank Greg Maynard for always continuing to help others in our local community as well as nationally. You are appreciated more than words can ever express. And thank you for asking me to be a part of this beautiful event. I am honored to know you and to call you my friend. “
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