Posted on July 1, 2017 by Philip Cope

 Our next major retreat will be held Monday, Sept 25th – Monday, Oct 2nd, 2017.

The new HAMPTON INN & SUITES, 15505 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL will host our combat wounded warriors and spouses. Please visit their website http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hampton-inn-and-suites-panama-city-beach-beachfront-PFNBFHX/index.html.

The opening ceremony will be held @ GRACE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 1415 Airport Road, Panama City, FL on Thursday, September 28th, 2017 @ 7:00 PM. Ceremony is free and open to the public. Please join us to welcome our wounded warriors and spouses or caregivers. Website www.gracechurchpc.com  Our Ceremony Guest Speaker will be Jimmy Sites, professional speaker, best-selling author, and award winning television producer and host.



Biography of Jimmy Sites

Dr. Jimmy Sites grew up in a military family.  His father, Colonel Carroll Sites, served 42 years in the US Air Force and the Arkansas Air National Guard.  Jimmy is a professional speaker, best-selling author, and award-winning television producer and host.  His current television series, Spiritual Outdoor Adventures with Jimmy Sites, is in its 16th season on the air on Dish Network and DirecTV, and it also airs in Ecuador, Ukraine, Russia and 50 other countries.  Jimmy is sponsored by numerous major outdoor companies.  In 2014 he was named American Outdoor Sportsman of the Year by the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame.  In 2010 he and his team won the Grand Championship of the Big Buck Outdoor Games, competing against 20 of the nation’s top professional sportsmen.  Jimmy’s speaking engagements and adventures take him all over the world, including filming a documentary with a Stone Age Indian tribe in the Amazon Jungle.  Jimmy is a strong advocate of conservation, and he has been interviewed on many radio and television talk shows including Fox News with Gretchen Carlson, and on multiple occasions by MSNBC.  In 2012 Jimmy became a cartoon character in Kids Korner Outdoors with Jimmy Sites, and 27 cartoons have been produced teaching children ages 4-12 the various safety measures and ethics related to outdoor sports.  Jimmy also serves as a spokesperson for several non-profit organizations, including 29 years for Compassion International – a child development organization that cares for over 1.5 million children in 26 Third World countries.  In 2015 Jimmy began writing country music songs and has had 5 songs recorded by artists, including “Enough Left for Tonight” co-written with songwriter-of-the-year Jimmy Yeary and recorded by the Henningsens.  Jimmy is married to Amanda Mullens (married May 1984) and they have two biological children, Christin (born August 1989) and Jonathan (born January 1992).  Jimmy and Amanda also took in an 18-year-old girl named Mary, and she lived with the Sites family until she married at the age of 23.  Jimmy and Amanda live in a log home overlooking a wooded hollow just north of Nashville, Tennessee.


Spiritual Outdoor Adventures  Website: www.spiritualoutdooradventures.org


Amanda & Jimmy Sites with Char in Alaska.


PARADE ROUTE MAP – Visit this link for Parade Route



Parade Route Map – Other map of the parade route 


Please come out on Thursday, Sept 28th and stand on the sidewalks anywhere along the parade route with flags, banners and signs showing your support for our combat wounded warriors and their spouses as they drive by in a police and motorcycle escort.

If you would like to stand on the bridge with a flag as the parade escort passes by, flags will be available  at either end of the Hathaway Bridge beginning at 4 PM.

PARKING INSTRUCTIONS : Sept 28, 2017  Parade Escort Starts @ 4:00 PM – parking for invited VEHICLES only will be located across the street from the

Hampton Inn & Suites (beach front) in the parking garage 3rd Level Parking.  Please come the the 3rd level and look for signs –  WOUNDED WARRIORS, JEEPS,


MOTORCYCLES, First Responders & Military Vehicles will park across the street from the Hampton Inn & Suites – Beach Front in the GULF WORLD MARINE PARK

parking lot. See signs for the Motorcycles. James Lierer and/or Bob Cornelius will be there to show you where to park.

All who wish to ride your motorcycle in the parade escort are welcome. Please arrive by 3:30 PM. ALL MOTORCYCLES please enter the Gulf World parking lot as quiet as possible

not to disturb the dolphins.



Next Retreat - April 21, 2018!