Firearm instruction group raises funds for Fisher House

With rifles placed on their shoulders, these Marine veterans perform the color guard.
With rifles placed on their shoulders, the Marine color guard entertains at the 5th annual Veteran’s Fund Raiser in Bristol, Wisc.

Photos by Eric Fornander

 Twenty teens—Sea cadets— aspiring to join the Navy were among the visitors at the recent 5th annual Veteran’s Fund Raiser in Bristol, Wisc.

Veterans and members of the color guard performed an impressive show of rifles and flags. The Sea Cadets joined in later.

Several hundred showed up at the all-day-event to enjoy roasted pig, grilled sweet corn and all the trimmings.

Jyneen St. John of Chicago, roasts a whole pig on a spit.
Jyneen St. John of Chicago, roasts a whole pig on a spit.

The Marine color guard wowed the crowd. There were raffles and events including archery and the opportunity to use the shooting range.

“We started (fundraising) in 2011, and it just kept growing,” said Deb O’Malley, of Chicago, president of Personal Protection Academy firearm instruction, in Bristol, Wisc. “We are all about our military and law enforcement, and this is the one day we get to pay back our veterans.”

Last year the organization collected money for the Wounded Warriors. This year proceeds went to the Fisher House Foundation to help families of veterans with temporary housing.

Sea cadets from Naval Base Great Lakes get plates of food at the Bristol event.
Sea cadets from Naval Base Great Lakes get plates of food at the Bristol event.

Personal Protection Academy, which has many members from Lake County, has been in business for 13 years. For more information, visit www.personalprotectioninstruction.com . – Tina Johansson

 

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