Wounded Warriors Tribute

9:27 PM, May 28, 2012   |    comments
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THE PLAINS, Va. (WUSA) -- Honoring our men and women in the military continues this Memorial Day weekend.


Roughly 15 thousand people got a chance to enjoy a tribute to Wounded Warriors, Sunday afternoon, at Great Meadow in The Plains Virginia.

A sky high salute to the military started things off as paratroopers landed.


Members of local symphonies came together to create a 200-member orchestra with a 500-strong chorus conducted by Maestro Ulysses James and Francis de Araujo.

All of the proceeds will benefit Wounded Warriors.


Sgt. Stephen Howe served in the first Gulf War.

"I was forced out of the military due to a head injury with no compensation, no guidance.  15 years later I had a major crash, PTSD and other things caught up to me.

He spent a year and a half in the hospital away from his 7 children.
"One day dad was doing good and the next day he wasn't."

Sgt. Mahlon Johnson served in Iraq. He returned home and nearly lost everything including his family.
"finally my wife said find help or find a new home."

Both men are doing better than the day they stepped back on to U.S. Soil and today a field full of supporters are saying thank you for their service.

Juan Lopez says, "it's great to sit back and reflect what they've gone through I thank them every time."
Howe says, "we have an obligation to support our troops."

Beethoven Found, the organization that sponsored the event, hopes to raise one million dollars for Wounded Warriors.

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