Band Visits Wounded Marines
(February 23, 2010)
|MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (2/18/2010) — Marines
with the Wounded Warrior Battalion-East received a special
surprise when the band Five Finger Death Punch visited the
battalion Feb. 9.|
As the band entered the battalion's
lounge, they immediately sought out the Marines they
recognized from their last visit.
|Several members of the Wounded Warrior
Battalion-Easy pose with the band Five Finger
Death Punch during a visit to the battalion Feb.
9. This was the second visit the band has made
with the battalion on 2/9/2010.
However, the last visit wasn't at the battalion and was much more active. |
“Last time we came out here we played paintball with the guys,” said Matt Snell,
bass guitarist for the band.
Although this time nobody was ducking for cover it still made an impact on the
Marines, especially Sgt. Jason Blondin, a member of the battalion, who was
injured in a vehicle accident in Iraq.
“I thought it was very cool of them to come out here and meet us,” he said.
“They really went out of their way to visit us, which means a lot.”
After shaking hands and sharing some laughs the band began signing posters for
the Marines as well as guitars members of the battalion had brought in.
“It was just amazing for the band's fans to actually get to see them and even
walk away with something,” said Blondin. “I just couldn't believe they came here
of all places. It was so unexpected.”
Several of the Marines were surprised by the visit, but for the band being able
to visit the battalion was something they knew they had to do.
“We always support the military,” Snell said. “(Service members) are brutal. You
are the ones who go off for months at a time and put yourselves in harms way for
everyone else. It's an honor and a privilege to be able to do this.”
Article and photo by USMC Cpl. Katie Densmore
Marine Corps Base Camp LeJeune
Marine Corps News
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