American Heroes Day 2019

Our annual veterans appreciation event for 2019 took place on August 23, 2019. The Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation hosted American Heroes Day to honor the men and women who have bravely served our country. This is the foundation’s way to say thank you and provide veterans with a day of outdoor fun and camaraderie.

Activities were led by industry experts. The action-packed day  consisted of fishing, archery, skeet and target shooting, and even a game or two of corn hole. Lunch and dinner were provided. Then, of course, there were prizes awarded for the best performers in the competitions, along with some random drawings for other prizes.  Each veteran received a gift bag filled with items to take home.

We had a great turnout with around 100 veterans participating. According to one veteran in attendance, this event far exceeded the many other veteran events he has attended in recent years.

Special guests for the event were two veterans from nearby Campbell County, who served their country during WWII.  Curtis Hamlett, shown on the left, was a rifleman in the 3rd Army. He was captured and spent the latter months of his time in the military as a prison-of-war. George Goodman served with an anti-aircraft unit. Both veterans served overseas with General Patton. Special thanks to Gene Smith, a veteran himself, for bringing Mr. Hamlett and Mr. Goodman to this event. Ward Burton, his family, staff, friends and all those present extend thanks to these gentlemen for their service to the United States of America.

Sponsors were recognized on a banner placed at the event, with several contributors in attendance. Below is a list of sponsors who share our interest in honoring military service. Many of our veterans took home great prizes donated by sponsors. We are very appreciative of their support.

The Gazette-Virginian has an article on this event.

Please consider a donation toward our veterans outreach. The WBWF is a 501(C)(3) non-profit.

Contact Sue Adams at 434-476-7038 if you would like to be a sponsor for our 2020 American Heroes Day.

2019 Financial Donors:
Eagle Sponsor: Jeff Storie, State Water Heaters
Hawk Sponsor: Connie Hoyes
Hawk Sponsor: NASCAR
Foxtrot Sponsor: ALSCO (Steiner Foundation)
Foxtrot Sponsor: Morgan Lumber Company
Foxtrot Sponsor: Lewis Metal Works
Foxtrot Sponsor: Dominion Energy (Clover Power Station)
Foxtrot Sponsor: Freedom Alliance
Foxtrot Sponsor: JE Burton Construction
Foxtrot Sponsor: Commonwealth Home Health
Foxtrot Sponsor: LS Tractor USA
Mustang Sponsor: Davenport Energy
Mustang Sponsor: Blue Ridge Beverage
Walmart, South Boston
Bobby & Sherryl Jones
American National Bank
Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital
Bank of Charlotte County
Ed Wines
VA Army National Guard Retirees Association
Francisco Forestry Services

Non-monetary Donations:

Davidsons Inc. and Gallery of Guns
GSM: Stealth & Walker
Pit Boss
Bobcat’s Bait and Tackle
State Water Heaters
AO Smith
Cordova Coolers
Kenneth Hawks, Guns-N-Stuff
Hazel Jean Smith, Avon
F&A Automotive Parts Inc.