Jan Raab, National Manager of NRA's High Power Rifle Programs, sent NRAblog another update from the Remembering the Brave Match in Quantico, Virginia:
The second day of the Remembering the Brave Match started with a memorable opening ceremony. The Quantico Fire Department was out early again to raise the flag from the end of the boom on the large ladder truck. During a moment of silence, bagpipes played Amazing Grace. Vice Admiral Bucchi spoke about his personal feelings about Memorial Day. Three Gold Star families were represented. Along with a Wounded Warrior, they each pulled the lanyard to fire the canons four times.
After the match, the shooters and volunteers enjoyed a barbeque meal under the covered pavilion. The score were posted and the trophies were on display. Since it was a long day, only one trophy was awarded tonight. The Cpl Michael D. Anderson trophy for the 200 yard, 20 shot standing match was awarded to Sgt Emily Windmassinger from the Marine Corps Rifle Team, who shot a personal best score of 196-5x. The trophy was presented by SSgt Omar Gutierrez, a friend of Cpl Mike Anderson, who was killed in Fallujah in 2004. SSgt Gutierrez shot in the match today for the first time. Lt. Col. Beck, the founder of Remembering the Brave Foundation, coached him and we think he may be hooked on high power shooting!
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