Memorial Day Troop Tour Rerouted Due to Tensions in Middle East

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United States Marine Corps and nonprofit American300 team up to keep Memorial Day tradition alive.

We’ve met troops on past tours that have died in combat the next day.

World Champion Kaycee Feild of Payson, Utah, gives up rodeo competitions each year to spend time with troops on Memorial Day. Instead of traveling east, the two-time and current world champion cowboy is headed west this year.

“Situations forced us out of northern Africa this week so the nonprofit we work with reached out to the Marines in the Pacific,” said bareback world champion Field. “We’ve been in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past three Memorial Days; spending time with troops away from combat zones is going to be more relaxing for all of us.”

When the last minute notice came from Department of Defense (DoD) that the tour needed to be postponed, tour founder Rob Powers of American300 reached out to retired wounded warrior John Bates, USMC Col. retired in the pacific and Marine Corps Community Services for help.

“The DoD has reschedule this tour, but I wanted to keep the Memorial Day tradition alive,” said Powers, who founded the nonprofit American300 Tours with the goal of delivering volunteer mentors to military bases around the world each month. “We’ll be spending time with the Marine Wounded Warrior Regiment West Marines and others, which will give our Cowboys an up close look at the non-combat zone side of the fence.”

Combat zones are something Feild, former Miss Rodeo America Maegan Ridley, Nashville artist Lucas Hoge and Jeff Chadwick, of the Wrangler Corporation know plenty about. “We’ve met troops on past tours that have died in combat the next day," explains Chadwick, “For this small group of western icons to be afforded the opportunity to pass on gratitude and honor our fallen on Memorial Day is very special. We’re very grateful to the Marine Corps for accepting us on such short notice.”

About American300
To date the nonprofit American300 has engaged in troop resiliency work at over 300 bases worldwide. The all-volunteer effort lead by Veterans is based on the simple goal of connecting amazing individuals with our troops so that one on one mentoring can take place.

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