The Fishing For Freedom - Quincy event is a way for us to
honor our Wounded Warriors and Global War
on Terrorism Veterans and to show them our thanks and appreciation.
It is made possible by
our patriotic American sponsors and
sportsmen from the Tri-state area and
from across the country.
The Global War on Terrorism (GWOT)
will soon be entering its 15th year and
many of our troops have served on
multiple combat deployments. The stress
of combat and high operational tempo has
strained our military and their families
to no end. We have seen and heard the
stories of these heroes as many have
returned home with physical injuries, but
a tremendous psychological toll is also
being paid by our warriors.
By their very nature, outdoor
recreational activities are extremely
therapeutic and have been shown through
recent examples to make a difference in
our returning warrior's lives. Although
angling is only one of those outdoor
activities, it is one that can help our
returning heroes escape the hardships of
combat deployments and begin the process
of assimilation back into everyday life.
Every deployment has its cost. One of the small costs, but still an important one,
is the time lost from enjoying the great outdoors.
There is an entire fishing and hunting season that is lost to every deployment.
Fishing for Freedom cannot give back that entire season,
but we can give back a weekend.
We do that by taking wounded warriors and GWOT veterans out for a day of
tournament fishing fun and providing them with a weekend of entertainment and enjoyment of the great outdoors.
With the assistance from a network of anglers throughout the region,
as well as caring local and corporate sponsors, we will be hosting their
5th annual Fishing for Freedom event.
This event is designed to
provide our GWOT veterans as well as
active duty troops with a weekend of
events that range from fish frys and
trapshooting, a Heroes Banquet, and
fishing on the mighty
Mississippi River or Mark Twain Lake.
It is about showing
the troops a good time with Midwestern
hospitality in an area that supports its
veterans. But most important, it is about
The 5th annual
Fishing for Freedom event will be held on
Friday, June 5th, Saturday, June 6th and Sunday, June 7th,
2015 at Quincy, Illinois.
events will have five (5) different
Sgt. Matt Weichert Memorial Bass Division
Staff Sgt. Matt Weichert Memorial Bass Division
(Mark Twain Lake)
Lymenstull Catfish Division
Hannibal Division (Mississippi River Pool 22 only)