Huntsville is poised and ready to once again greet and honor a special group of U.S. servicemen at tonight’s third annual Wounded Warrior Banquet.
The banquet honoring wounded active duty and military veterans begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Walker County Fairgrounds. About 700 guests are expected, said event organizer Jimmy Wood.
In addition to a rib-eye dinner with all the trimmings, the banquet will include appearances by guest speaker and Iraqi War hero Lt. Col. Tim Karcher, Heisman Trophy winner and NFL Hall of Fame running back Earl Campbell, Sgt. Major Dan Thompson from the Pentagon, the Texas A&M Ross Volunteers, wounded warriors from Brooke Army Medical Center and a host of other guests.
Karcher will be sharing his experiences in Iraq, where he lost both of his legs when the vehicle he was riding in was hit by an explosive in Baghdad in 2009.
“We are honored to have Lt. Col. Karcher as our key speaker this year,” Wood said. “He is a true American hero, who has given a lot to our country.”
A silent auction will be ongoing throughout the evening and a live auction will conclude the night. Around 6:30 p.m., the Wounded Warriors will arrive with guest speakers to follow. Proceeds will benefit the Warrior Family Support Center in San Antonio.
For more information, call the HEARTS Veterans Museum at (936) 295-5959.