IRVING, Tx. --
Marines and Marine veterans, supported by the United States Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment, gathered here to attend a welcome dinner at the Irving Convention Center, marking the start of events leading up to their attendance at Super Bowl XLV. The 40 Marines and Marine veterans are from military treatment facilities, military bases and communities across the nation. They were hand selected by Wounded Warrior Regiment staff to attend Super Bowl XLV and participate in various activities throughout the week.
The Mayor of Irving asked the city’s citizens to join him in honoring wounded warriors as he proclaimed today United States Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment Day. Mayor Herbert A. Gears presented each of the 40 wounded, ill and injured Marines with a Texas state flag that was flown over the Capital in honor of the day.
As he addressed the audience, filled with veterans and military supporters, Mayor Gears said during his tenure as mayor he has never missed a city council meeting- until tonight. He commented that nothing would be more worthwhile than attending the dinner. Gears, who noted his grandfather was a two-time prisoner of war, said “I stand before you as a humble servant and it is an honor to be here.”
During the week, the Marines will experience various activities, such as a visit to Rough Creek Ranch, the NFL Experience and a tour of Cowboys Stadium. Since 2006, the Cleveland Browns have donated 40 tickets to the Wounded Warrior Regiment so that wounded, ill and injured Marines can attend the Super Bowl.
The Wounded Warrior Regiment provides and facilitates non-medical care to combat and non-combat wounded, ill, and injured Marines, and sailors attached to or in direct support of Marine units, and their family members in order to assist them as they return to duty or transition to civilian life. The WWR assists active, reserve and veteran Marines. The Regimental Headquarters element, located in Quantico, VA, commands the operations of two Wounded Warrior Battalions located at Camp Pendleton, California and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and multiple detachments in locations around the globe.