On September 11th, over 200 veteran hikers and dedicated volunteers gathered in Gettysburg, PA on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 to hike for the Irreverent Warrior cause - to prevent Veteran suicide through connection, camaraderie, and humor.
VET Tv is the proud National Sponsor for Irreverent Warriors in 2021. In addition to a $25,000 donation matching initiative, every ticket to an IW Silkies Hike comes with a free month subscription to VET Tv. REDEEM yours using code 2021Gettysburg.
The entire hike took place on the Gettysburg battlefield, and was the first (and only) IW hike sanctioned on this commemorative date. Hikers got to experience battlefield views of cornfields, monuments and rolling hills, along with parts of the hike winding through downtown Gettysburg to stop at a few restaurants and local staples along the way. Special shoutout to Appalachian Brewing Company for both hosting our meet and greet, and hosting us for a stop on hike day.
We were thankful for an overwhelm of unexpected support from the Borough of Gettysburg and the Cumberland Townships Police Department, who both showed up in full force the morning of hike day to provide escorts and support to ensure the safety of all our hikers.
"What a great day, what a great group of folks to march with, what a humbling experience. 'Till the next one."
The mission of every IW hike is the same – prevent veteran suicide by bringing vets together with humor and camaraderie. This hike was the perfect representation of that mission, on a day when so many Veterans needed it the most.
This hike brought together a group of local Veterans in a small town, as many of them find it difficult to attend some of the hikes in larger cities. That meant there were a lot of first-time hikers, but also quite a few veterans - including the rockstar team that put this hike together - that were able to come together to form new friendships and make new connections. To quote one hiker, "Yesterday was my second hike on the 20 anniversary of 9/11. As we were hiking and did our stops I had a warrior come up to me and say I saved their life cause they was going to end it. I thought all I did was post a count down till hike day. I guess my motivation for these hike saved this person. It is then it hit me why we do this."
Thank you to all the local businesses and individuals who provided generous donations, hosted us for stops along the hike, or were there with us at step-off to support the cause!
Appalachian Brewing Company - for hosting our meet and greet Friday night
VFW Post 8672- Jarrettsville, MD - for hosting our meetings, housing our supplies, and making a generous cash donation that was so helpful in making this hike a success.
Sponsors & Donors
Veteran Television (VET Tv) - our National Presenting Sponsor this year who donated Free Silkies to giveaway at the hike, and handed out a free month of VET Tv (seriously, did you redeem yours yet?? 2021Gettysburg to every hiker.
Who Made it Possible
Taras Gamma- Lead Coordinator
Gayle - Lead Coordinator
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For more photos and stories from hike day, check out the IW- Gettysburg Faceook page. If you're looking for more hikes to attend this year (we certainly wouldn't blame you) you can find events in your area on the Irreverent Warriors website.
97% of the proceeds we raise at Irreverent Warriors goes directly to our mission - prevent Veteran suicide through connection, camaraderie, and humor. We're not into spreading awareness - we're into making a difference.
One Shared MissionVET Tv is the proud National Sponsor for Irreverent Warriors in 2021. In addition to a $25,000 donation matching initiative, every ticket to an IW Silkies Hike comes with a free month subscription to VET Tv.
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