More than 30 ship captains will volunteer their time and ships to host military veterans on a fishing competition today. Adam Lamb spoke to the Morning crew about the origins of the event, “We started this concept with, let's take out 40 veterans or 50 veterans and we’ll get some boats from the charter fleet here in Ludington because they're very supportive of veterans and a lot of them are veterans themselves. That first year it started out kind of small and then it morphed into, we need 15 boats because we got 85 veterans [and] this year we've got 30 boats and 130 veterans.”
A welcome back procession will begin at noon. Mr. Lamb also shared Veterans responses to the event and return to the shore. “One of the things we've gotten out of this the last two years we've done it, is a lot of these veterans come up to us and thank us for the welcome home. A lot of them say we never got that [welcome] when we got back and so that's our big call to action to the community. We want you folks to come down.”
Those interested in attending should begin to gather at 11 a.m. near the Loomis Street boat launch, where flags will be distributed.