More than 100 veterans and their families and friends gathered for a trap shoot at the Kenmore Shooting Range on Aug. 20 as the club continued a tradition designed to honor them.
Club President Joe Rinaldi said the event was held in conjunction with a nonprofit which helps connect disabled veterans with organizations and activities.
“The shooting sports world recognizes the sacrifices that people make so that we can maintain second amendment freedoms,” Rinaldi said. “The other aspect is that we need to say thank you to these people, we need to support them, we need to try and make them as whole as we can within the basic limitations that they’re having to deal with.”
The shooting competition has multiple award categories, including ones for best overall shooter, best mens and woman’s shooters, best junior shooter and best veterans shooter.
The event also included a bar-be-que, and a $100 entry fee per shooter, which was pooled and donated to the nonprofit Paralyzed Veterans of America. It started around 10 a.m. and lasted six hours.
In total, around $1,600 was raised after shooting expenses.
It also provides others in the event a chance to talk with veterans.
“It just gives people an opportunity to interact with people who have been to Iraq and have been to places we read about or hear about on the news but most of us don’t get to see the realities of that,” Rinaldi said. “It’s awe inspiring.”
The range also hopes to put on events in the future, both for veterans and other causes, but Rinaldi said they also plan to continue the veterans shoot next year.