On Sunday June 2, the Fishing for Freedom Warrior Parade will ride through town at approximately 1:30 p.m. There will be an estimated 80 trucks pulling boats. Each driver has volunteered to take a wounded veteran fishing in honor of their service to the country. The veterans and boaters will be escorted by the Monroe City Fire Department through town.
The 2019 Fishing for Freedom will be held May 31 through June 2, in Quincy, IL. The Fishing for Freedom event is held every year on the first weekend in June (Friday - Sunday) on the Mighty Mississippi and the Mark Twain Lake. Veterans attend the event from all over the nation. Inspired by the Army Bass Anglers, and fishing guides to take Warriors out for a day of tournament bass fishing. With assistance from a network of anglers throughout the region and caring local and corporate sponsors. Trophies are awarded for the top teams and all participating warriors receive prizes. See ad on page 13 for more details.
Fishing for Freedom is modeled from similar events that are occurring across the nation. It is a no entry fee bass, catfish and crappie tournament that pairs professional anglers, avid tournament fishermen, and fishing guides with the Warriors (Active Military and Veterans) in a buddy bass tournament format on a local fishery. The purpose of the event is to let the American Heroes know how much we appreciate their service and sacrifice and assist in their continued rehabilitation and well-being.
By their very nature, outdoor recreational activities are extremely therapeutic and have been shown through recent examples to make a difference in the Warrior’s lives. Although angling is only one of those outdoor activities, it is one that can help the returning Heroes escape the hardships of combat deployments and begin the process of assimilation back into to everyday life. For more information visit http://www.fishingforfreedomquincy.org/.