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New Hampshire Freedom Cup A Winner
The day was cool and overcast with a threat
The assembled golfers stood silent as the Marine Color Guard
presented the American Flag. 15-year old Elaine Weatherby's
accapella rendition of the national anthem floated through
the morning air. A brief invocation. The second annual New
Hampshire Freedom Cup was almost underway.
Everyone moved to the 10th tee for the ceremonial fist tee
shot. This year Paul Roy, Jr.,a wounded warrior, hit the first
ball. His effort was a tangible reminder of what we all were
doing raising money to support active military, their
families and veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. And to honor
the fallen of New Hampshire.
Despite the weather that tee shot turned the day beautiful.
For the second year, Len Ouellette's dream continued.
His son, Cpl. Michael Ouellette, was killed in Afghanistan
in April of 2009, a hero in particular to the Marines who
served with him and who escaped the ambush that cost Michael
his life. Len chose action to honor his son and all the NH
fallen -- he founded NH Freedom Cup to raise money to help
those serving or who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Annual Golf Tournament is the centerpiece
of a yearlong effort at fund raising. And for the second year
was a resounding success.
Participants were greeted by stoic Patriot Riders,
veteran motorcyclists who go to events and silently hold huge
American flags in honor of the Fallen. Two giant yellow ribbons
were wrapped around trees on the roadside, reminding people
to honor our veterans.
Over 100 golfers played, shared a great lunch
and participated in a silent auction and a raffle. While there
were official winners, in reality everyone won.
As Joe Paradis said so well last year:
"In the end, we raised a lot of money to
help those whose lives have been scarred by this War on Terror.
And well raise even more next year, God willing. And
the year after. I know Len wont stop. He owes that much
to his son. And we wont stop either. Because if America
even begins to forget why kids like that serve, then America
is doomed. And I dont think this country is that selfish,
So circle your calendars for next year:
3rd annual NH Freedom Cup,
Friday, June 22nd, 2012 >