Kayaking soldiers raise money for Fort Bragg memorial
Monday, June 18, 2012, 3:37:37 PM
soldiers are kayaking about 130 miles down the Cape Fear River to raise money for a memorial commemorating their fallen comrades on the base, the Fayetteville Observer reports.
The brigade of kayaks and canoes will come ashore at Fort Fisher, near the mouth of the river. In the process, they hope to continue raising money for a memorial dedicated to the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, which currently has no such structure on the base. The proposed memorial will honor soldiers who served from Vietnam all the way through the war on terror, and organizers hope to finish it by next Memorial Day.
The trip was organized by the Lightning Friends and Family Memorial Organization, a group established specifically to support the construction of a memorial for the service members of the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade and 525th Military Intelligence Brigade, according to its official website. The kayak trip is the organization's second fundraiser - the first was a CrossFit challenge in May that raised about $1,000.
The kayak challenge will have soldiers paddling for a minimum of 12 hours a day for three days, according to battalion commander Lieutenant Colonel Dylan Carlson, who is an avid kayaker.
"It's not going to be easy," he told the news outlet. "That's the whole point."
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