WMDM's Ripley Welcomes Home Injured Servicemen And Women
September 8, 2014 at 1:03 PM (PT)
SOMAR COMMUNICATION's Classic Rock WMDM (97.7 THE ROCKET)/MECHANICSVILLE, MD afternoon host RIPLEY has been on a mission. A few months ago, he was able to use his radio show to help get volunteers to move a U.S. Marine and his family. The young Marine had lost both legs and an arm in combat in AFGHANISTAN. After that RIPLEY got the idea to throw a "Welcome Home Celebration" for injured servicemen, women, their caretakers and guests.
"After speaking with two of our station advertisers, one a restaurant and the other a HARLEY-DAVIDSON Dealer, they threw their entire support for this event," said RIPLEY. The event took place YESTERDAY afternoon. About 200 motorcycles were in the escort, not including law enforcement agencies from three different jurisdictions in MARYLAND and VIRGINIA and a total of 24 injured servicemen and women from WALTER REED Military Hospital, in addition to their caretakers.
"We teamed up with the Yellow Ribbon Fund and they helped transport the injured service men, women, their caretakers and guests for an evening of food, fun, friendship, live music and a break from their hospital treatment - routine," said RIPLEY. "Many people lined the streets, with flags and yellow ribbons to show their support and say 'Welcome Home' and thanks for your service."