World Champion Bassmaster Chris Lane to Emcee Wounded Warrior Bass Tournament

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LawLers Barbecue Asks Your Help Supporting The 6th Annual Semper Fi Fishing For Heroes Tournament in Decatur, Alabama

World Champion Bassmaster Chris Lane

“ I am so honored to be able to give back to these Heroes who have given so much to me and this country. It will be fun and I am hoping to see some of those big Wheeler Lake catches come across the stage!”

Don’t be shocked this Veterans Day if you hear oorahs and hooahs over the sound of bass boats on Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Alabama. Over 30 Marine and Army soldier Wounded Warriors will take to the water at 9 a.m. that Sunday morning. All have returned from service with injuries that were sometimes life threatening, and always life altering. True to their Warrior Ethos…I will never accept defeat, I will never quit…they press on with courage.

Chris Lane, reigning 2012 Bassmaster World Champion, will emcee ceremonies on the Alabama BASS Federation weigh-in stage, joined by Joe Bongiovanni of the Semper Fi Community Task Force. Chris commented, “ I am so honored to be able to give back to these Heroes who have given so much to me and this country. It will be fun and I hope to see some of those big Wheeler Lake catches come across the stage!”

Bass pro Jimmy Mason has lined up pro and semi-pro fishermen who will share their time, their boats, and fishing expertise with these Wounded Warriors. Scheduled to fish are Matt Herring, Russ Lane, Jonathon Newton, Jerry Lawler, and many more locals who love these Veterans and bass fishing.

Come out and follow them around on the water in your boat, or line the harbor and cheer as they weigh-in at 2 p.m. Shake their hands and tell them how much you appreciate their sacrifice and service. At noon there will be LawLers Barbecue sandwiches, Wendy’s chili, Golden Flake snacks, Pepsi to drink, and DJ music provided by Ted Cannon’s Music Machine. Food and drink is free while it lasts.
Fishing For Heroes is only a small part of Heroes Week.

Each year, in November, the Semper Fi Community Task Force of North Alabama is honored to be the host for Heroes Week. Thirty (30) Wounded Warriors representing all service branches from all over the United States are invited, along with their spouses and care givers, for a week of relaxation and recognition. Often, these warriors and their families do not receive the welcome home that so many of our military are given after returning home. These American heroes were in hospitals, recovering from injuries received in the line of duty while their units completed the deployment and returned to a heroes’ welcome. This event gives our Tennessee Valley/ Northern Alabama communities the chance to show their deep appreciation and recognition of these service members, their spouses, and caregivers.

See you at Ingalls Boat Harbor, in Decatur Alabama Sunday November 11.

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