On Thursday, May 16, the Wounded Warriors organization invites folks to welcome wounded warriors from the many military hospitals throughout the U.S. as their buses, escorted from the airport by local law enforcement, come through local communities – Summerwood, Lakeshore, The Groves, Atascocita, Atascocita Forest, Atasca Woods, Walden, Eagle Springs and Humble – on their way to a Special Warrior’s Dinner at the Humble Civic Center.
Bring a lawn chair, posters and American flags to wave as these wounded men and women go through local neighborhoods to let them know that Texans love and appreciate their sacrifice and service!
The schedule is as follows:
• 5:45 p.m. Buses depart from hotels located at Bush Intercontinental Airport.
• 6-6:45 p.m. Buses will proceed slowly northbound on West Lake Houston Parkway from Beltway 8. The warrior’s buses will travel northbound then turn onto Will Clayton Parkway and travel westbound toward the Humble Civic Center located at 8233 Will Clayton Parkway.
• 6:45 p.m. Heroes’ parking lot welcome at Humble Civic Center. Come join them to shake hands and share an embrace with these wounded warriors as they exit their buses.
• 7 p.m. - Dinner (entrance is restricted to warriors and accompanying staff only)
Why does the organization do this? The answer is written on the faces of the wounded heroes each year. Wounded Warriors rolls out their best Texas hospitality to each of these brave men and women because they feel that this is what they MUST do. They need time away from hospitals and therapy and constant reminders of what they lost. Most of them never received a hero’s "welcome home" as they went from the battlefield to the hospital to home, so the organization gives it to them. Warrior’s Weekend gives them the opportunity to bond with each other and talk about the difficult battles they face every day, but most of all, it lets them know that they have not been forgotten.