An Evening of Dinner, Inspiration, and Laughter
with Stand-Up Comic
Bobby Henline came back to Estes Park in early February to attend a Wounded Warriors retreat at Mary’s Lake Lodge. He contacted History and Heroes to let us know he was back in the town that treated him so well during his stay last summer.
Despite undergoing 43 skin-graft procedures for his severe burns and the loss of a hand, Bobby’s spirit and fortitude are an inspiration. He now appears in Las Vegas and acted in a movie produced by Paramount Pictures. The movie “Comedy Warriors” which Bobby is a big part of is out now. It features five disabled veterans who chose laughter over tears.
Statements by famous comics about the movie Comedy Warriors;
I love those brave soldiers and how brutally honest and funny they are as comedians. Adam Sandler
This is a brilliant and moving movie that finds big laughs… It made me proud to be an American and a comedian. Bill Maher
There are legendary comics and then there are legends who are comics. God Bless our protectors. Dennis Miller
Hard to believe they can do this after what they’ve been through. And be so good at it. David Spade
Rich put together an Honor Bobby Dinner at Longz on February 8, the night before Bobby was scheduled to return to his home in San Antonio. Bobby mingled with the many locals whom turned out and when he took the mic, he gave some of the background of his family, his four deployments and the day the IED explosion changed his life. Then he went on to entertain with some of his stand-up comedy routine. The room exploded with laughter. Booby is an amazingly talented man who can’t be thanked enough for all his work to help his fellow veterans. He is a true American hero who decided that “attitude determines altitude.”
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International Picture of the Year
Here are three very touching photos honored this year.
First Place Todd Heisler, The Rocky Mountain News
When 2nd Lt. James Cathey's body arrived at the Reno Airport , Marines climbed into the cargo hold of the plane and draped the flag over his casket as passengers watched the family gather on the tarmac. During the arrival of another Marine's casket last year at Denver International Airport , Major Steve Beck described the scene as so powerful: 'See the people in the windows? They sat right there in the plane, watching those Marines. You gotta wonder what's going through their minds, knowing that they're on the plane that brought him home,' he said. 'They will remember being on that plane for the rest of their lives. They're going to remember bringing that Marine home. And they should.'
Second Place Todd Heisler, The Rocky Mountain News
The night before the burial of her husband's body, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets below the flag. Before she fell asleep, she opened her laptop computer and played songs that reminded her of 'Cat,' and one of the Marines asked if she wanted them to continue standing watch as she slept. 'I think it would be kind of nice if you kept doing it,' she said. 'I think that's what he would have wanted'.
Third Place "Son, a grateful Nation...."
Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing blue every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the 'silent majority.' We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record breaking numbers. We are not organized, boisterous or overbearing.
Many Americans, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of America supports our troops. Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity and respect starts this Friday -- and continues each and every Friday until the troops all come home, sending a deafening message that every red-blooded American who supports our men and women afar, will wear something blue. By word of mouth, press, TV -- let's make the United States on every Friday a sea of blue much like a homecoming football game in the bleachers.
If every one of us who loves this country will share this with acquaintances, coworkers, friends, and family, it will not be long before the USA is covered in BLUE and it will let our troops know the once 'silent' majority is on their side more than ever. The first thing a soldier says when asked 'What can we do to make things better for you?' is: 'We need your support and your prayers.' Let's get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example, and wear something blue every Friday.
Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you:
1. Jesus Christ
2. The American G. I.
One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.