The Downbeach towns’ American Legion Post 469 will welcome “wounded warrior” Sgt. Adam Alexander, of Wisconsin, and his wife, Kate, to town Sunday for an all-expenses-paid, weeklong stay at the Jersey Shore as a thank you for his service.
Alexander was injured severely while on duty in Afghanistan and has spent the last year recovering from critical head wounds.
The U.S. Army recommended Alexander as the post’s second annual wounded warrior honoree.
The Alexanders will arrive in the area Sunday, escorted by a parade of Legion Riders and local police. The motorcade will pass through Somers Point, Egg Harbor Township and the Downbeach towns, starting in Longport and making its way along Atlantic Avenue to Ventnor, where the couple will stay for the week.
The entire trip, including the rental house, dinners, shows and day events, have been planned and paid for by American Legion Post 469 members, with the support of donations from local businesses and individuals.
Post member Kenneth Ross said some of the events planned for the Alexanders include dinners and shows at the Atlantic City casinos, back-bay kayaking and an airplane sight-seeing tour of the coastal area.
“Adam is a big freshwater kayaker in Wisconsin, so we wanted to make sure we added his interests into the trip,” Ross said.
Due to the success of the program the past two years, Ross said, the post already has started planning for next year’s event.
“We expect this to be a special thing every September, ” he said.
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