By Lance Tominaga, ESPN Honolulu Web Editor.
It must just be the most important round of golf you’ll play all year.
Patriot Golf Day is set for Monday, May 31 – Memorial Day. On this day, golf clubs in Hawaii and across the rest of the United States will raise funds for Folds of Honor (FoH), a non-profit organization that provides educational scholarships for spouses and dependents of military service men and women who have either been injured to killed in the line of duty for our country.
Last year, more than $74,000 was raised by the Aloha Section PGA for the organization. The goal for the 2021 event is to surpass that total, and many golf courses throughout the state will be hosting various fundraising endeavors for FoH this weekend. Among the events set for Memorial Day is a “100 Holes of Golf Marathon” hosted by the Ko Olina Golf Club.
Folds of Honor was founded in 2007 by Lieutenant Colonel Dan Rooney. On a flight home from his second tour of duty in Iraq, the F-16 fighter pilot came face to face with the painful reality of the difficulties families must endure when a loved one in uniform is killed or disabled. Also onboard the flight were the remains of Corporal Brock Bucklin. Upon landing, Lt. Colonel Rooney watched as Bucklin’s twin brother accompanied the flag-covered casket to meet the deceased soldier’s family on the tarmac.
Since that somber experience, Lt. Colonel Rooney committed his life to provide scholarships to the families of the fallen. The very first FoH scholarship recipient was Jacob Bucklin, the young son of Corporal Bucklin.
To date, FoH has raised more than $145 million and has provided more than 29,000 scholarships.
If you would like to learn more about Folds of Honor or would like to make a donation, click HERE.
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