Wounded Warrior/Military Appreciation Day - Aug. 14, 2014
8/15/2013 11:55 AM
By: Al Kittredge
The August Wounded Warrior / Military Appreciation Day was held on Aug. 14 at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center, which is located on the west side of Fayetteville.
The turnout was a little sparse yesterday with about 35 or so people in attendance. The Commission and volunteers have been doing these events for the past five or six years on the second Wednesday of each month to show their appreciation to those who stand in harm’s way so the rest of us can live in this great country.
We’ve found that soldiers who suffer the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) enjoy the challenge of fly tying,which is offered at the beginning of the event.
A lot of kids were in attendance although those numbers are expected to taper once school starts but it doesn’t have to – staff and volunteers encourage parents to meet the school bus and bring the kids for the last hour or so of fishing. The event remains open until 5 p.m.
Our next Wounded Warrior / Military Appreciation Day is scheduled for September 11— the events are always the second Wednesday of the month from 1 to 5 p.m. Staff and volunteers offer basic fly-fishing instruction and fly tying for those who want to try their hand at that aspect of the sport.
For those not into fly fishing, spin cast outfits and bait for use on the catfish ponds are available. The Pechmann Center provides the venue and equipment; however, participants are encouraged to bring and use their own gear. A North Carolina fishing license is not required for these events.