For Immediate Release
Mobile welcomes the Military Warriors Support Foundation to award a mortgage-free home to a wounded veteran at the Heroes for Freedom and Liberty Event at USS Alabama
On September 7th, 2017, The Heroes for Freedom and Liberty Event will be held at the USS Alabama to honor heroes from the Gulf Coast area and across the nation. The evening’s beneficiary is the Military Warriors Support Foundation (MWSF) and we will honor its founder Retired Lt. General Leroy Sisco. General Sisco has for the last 10 years has been serving our combat wounded veterans and Gold Star families, by providing them a path of healing as they transition out of the military and into civilian life. MWSF has awarded nearly 800 mortgage-free homes, and in addition to the home, each family receives 3 years of family and financial mentorship. During the event, we will also be honoring a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with a very, special gift. Retired U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Jeremy Anderson joined the military to serve his country and to make the world a better place, and tonight we assist MWSF with making his world a better place, by awarding him a move-in ready, mortgage-free home donated by the generosity of one of MWSF’s financial donors.
USAA will sponsor a special fallen hero project dedication to a Gold Star family member representing the crew, family and friends involving the ‘Spirit 03’ an AC-130H Specter gunship (Hurlburt Field), shot down by enemy fire in support of Operation Desert Storm Jan. 31, 1991. The attack resulted in 14 Airmen killed. The Honorary Ashton Hayward, Mayor of Pensacola, will be present for this tribute.
Hershel “Woody” Williams, the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from the battle of Iwo Jima joins fellow Recipients’ Donald “Doc” Ballard, Robert Patterson (Pensacola) and Alabama native Bennie Adkins, for the 2017 Heroes for Freedom and Liberty Event. They will honor the memory of Alabaman, Medal of Honor recipient, Desmond Doss (February 7, 1919 – March 23, 2006) who will be recognized posthumously, represented by his only son Desmond Doss Jr., who will accept the Hero’s award on his father’s behalf. Doss’ famous story inspired the filming and production of the award-winning film Hacksaw Ridge, directed by Mel Gibson.
MOH Recipients will join Glen Frazier (US Army WWII), Daphne, AL, the last POW survivor from the Bataan Death March will be honored. Prior to escaping the Bataan Death March, Mr. Frazier was forced into slave work camps in the Philippines and Japan for 3.5 years during WWII.
Mayor Sandy Stimpson will welcome the gallery to Mobile and former U.S. Alabama Congressman Jo Bonner is the Master of Ceremonies. Entertainment includes Jeff “Skunk” Baxter formerly of the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, Eric Horner (Nashville) and Papa T Turner (Muscle Shoals). The welcome reception will be hosted by Folds of Honor and represented by Rocky Sickmann, former US Marine Corps Sergeant, was held hostage in Iran on Nov. 4, 1979 for 444 days when Iranian militants overran the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
The Heroes’ committee will recognize Derek and Jessica Simmons who engineered the human life chain in Panama City Beach which resulted in saving multiple lives. This story made international headlines.
September 11 will mark the anniversary of the horrific attacks on the NY World Trade Center, Shanksville, PA, the Pentagon and mark the 5-year anniversary of the attacks on the United States consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi. John “Tig” Tiegen, former Marine Corps Drill Sergeant, member of CIA’s Global Response Staff and essential part of the team who responded and thwarted the wave of terrorist attacks that lasted over 13 hours. His actions resulted in saving many lives. He is the coauthor of the book 13 hours and consulted on the filming of 13 hours, Directed by Michael Bay. Tiegen will be honored for his actions and will represent the four men who paid the ultimate sacrifice that night. Former undefeated MMA and WWE Champion Daniel K Puder, nominated for humanitarian of the year for his relentless pursuit of challenging our youth to combat bullying, the war against human and sex trafficking and for inspiring young people to become leaders. He is the CEO and Cofounder of MyLifeMyPower.
The mission for annual Heroes for Freedom and Liberty Event is to honor American heroes (military and civilian) for going above and beyond their call of duty for their fellow man and our country. This year’s beneficiary will be the Military Warriors Support Foundation.
Contact: Mr. David Lieske, Business Development, Heroes for Freedom and Liberty Event, 901-604-9709
Mr. Mark Ryan, Director Heroes for Freedom and Liberty Event, 817-233-3782
Mr. Mike King, Event Manager and Tickets, 502-548-6821