We were honored and priviliged to have been invited to attend the kick off dinner of the 27th annual Legends Invitational Golf Tournament. This event is held at Spanish Bay Inn at Pebble Beach (photo above is the golf course) located at the 17 mile drive on the Monterey Peninsula. This golf invitational benefits the Navy Seals.
This is a one-of-a-kind experience in which NFL Legends, Sports Greats and Navy SEALs are paired as “Celebrity Captains” with every foursome, presenting four first-class days of exceptional golf and entertainment.
In addition, the SEALS demonstrated their tactical maneuvers, jumping out of a plane. We were amazed that all four landed standing up! As the SEAL holding the American flag was approaching land, the band played, The Star Spangled Banner. There was not a dry eye in the audience!
And then a helicopter appeared! Several SEALS jumped out of a helicopter as it grazed the grass and demonstrated a take down. Raven, a Belgian Malinois was on the scene as an integral part of the demonstration! He was resting here, and enjoying the admiration and all the ear scratches we all gave him!
In the audience were three medal of honor recipients who gave short talks. The Medal of Honor was created during the American Civil War and is the highest military decoration presented by the United States government to a member of its armed forces.
The recipient must have distinguished themselves at the risk of their own life above and beyond the call of duty in action against an enemy of the United States. Due to the nature of this medal, it is commonly presented posthumously. (Wikipedia including the photo of the medal of honor/public domain)
All three emphasized the fact that FREEDOM is written in blood! One of the recipients further stated that they are fighting to protect our rights to protest and to have the freedom we enjoy! He also said, "Please respect the flag our troops fight under, and we are the only nation that drapes the flag over the body of a fallen soldier!"
Needless to say, it was a very emotional night for both of us!