Six servicemen who have received the Medal of Honor are scheduled to arrive today in Fort Worth to be part of the 2011 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial PGA TOUR Golf Tournament week activities. They are among 85 living recipients of the award. All six will be recognized Saturday, on National Armed Forces Day. The list includes Jon R. Cavaiani, Mike Thornton, Richard Pittman, Robert Modrzejewski, Robert Patterson and Thomas Norris.
Teletouch Communications, Inc. the Official Cellular Sponsor of the tournament will provide visiting troops and their families an opportunity for some much earned ‘R&R,’ watching great golf, playing Nintendo Wii Golf and making free calls to their families and fellow soldiers, sailors and airmen around the world.
These activities and much more will be set-up in the XTO Military Chalet for the over 3,500 military personnel and their family members attending the upcoming 2011 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial PGA TOUR Golf Tournament to be held Monday, May 16th through Sunday, May 22, 2011 at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.
In addition, Saturday of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial celebrates national Armed Forces Day.
National Armed Forces Day: May 21st, 2011
President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.
On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department — the Department of Defense.
This year also marks the 150th Anniversary of the Medal of Honor.
The tournament is encouraging fans to wear a yellow ribbon Saturday in honor of Armed Forces Day. Yellow ribbons will be available at the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation tent at the Main Entrance, for a small donation of $5, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Foundation.
In addition, on Saturday, for each birdie made on the 17th hole, the Colonial and Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts will donate $1,000 to the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. An American flag pin-flag will be used on the green, with a military attendant to hold the flagstick for each group. Immediately following play, near the 18th Green, there will be a ceremony to honor the six Congressional Medal of Honor recipients and to present a check to their Foundation.