American Legion Post 63 hosted its sixth Challenge 22 Walk and Picnic Saturday, Nov. 12, to raise money and awareness to help eliminate suicide among veterans with post-traumatic stress.
The event kicked off at Crooked Can in downtown Winter Garden with a traditional military ceremony and musical tributes to the armed forces. Peter O’Rourke, former U.S. secretary of the Veterans Administration and VA chief of staff, spoke, and the Patriot Guard Riders brought the scaled-down Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and Global War on Terror Memorial Wall.
Organizer Kurt Gies presented a memorial flag to Anna Fabry, fiancee of U.S. Army 1st Lt. Evan Fitzgibbon, the West Point graduate and Foundation Academy alum who died in a recent training incident. World War II veteran Gilbert Waganheim was recognized on his 101st birthday.