SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. (WBKO) — Nearly one dozen Wounded Warriors were out on the water Monday morning for the fourth annual Barren River Lake Wounded Warrior Fishing Event.
The event is put on each year by the Caveland Old Timer’s Fish Club. Both the Glasgow and the Bowling Green/Scottsville chapters join up to help make the day happen.
The goal of the event is to thank these Wounded Warriors for their service and give them a day full of fun memories to create while fishing on the lake with the guys.
“I woke up at 3:00 a.m. and couldn’t go back to sleep. I was so excited to take these gentlemen fishing,” said Lewis Carter, President of the Glasgow Old Timer’s Fish Club.
“We are having a great time today with people who have given everything they’ve got to keep us free and it’s our time to give back,” he said.
Several boats were on the water Monday, filled with members of the club and Wounded Warriors. Through the event, these men get to share stories, learn new fishing techniques, and create lasting bonds with each other.
“I’ve just recently retired from active duty military and due to some circumstances in life, I joined the Wounded Warrior Program,” said Bryan Ploughe.
He went on to say, “We don’t hear the war stories, you know, we’re out here to do an activity and have a good time and that’s somewhat refreshing.”
“We know by history that without these fellows, we’re not free. We wouldn’t be free. We would never be free,” added Carter.
Some boat crews had better luck than others as far as the fishing goes, but as Ploughe put it best, it’s not about catching fish, it’s about creating memories.
“You don’t talk about it when everything goes great. You talk about it, ‘You remember that time we didn’t catch any fish?’ Those are the memories we’ll take home with us,” he said.
The event also included an afternoon fish fry at Port Oliver.
The smiles and full plates were topped off with homemade quilts and afghans that the Warriors were given as a keepsake to remember their time spent together on the lake.
“We know that these guys (members of the Fish Club) are out here supporting the Wounded Warrior Program and we’re thankful for that,” added Ploughe.
Eleven Wounded Warriors from Kentucky and Tennessee participated in this year’s fishing event. Barren River Lake Army Corps of Engineers also helped prepare for the day and monitor the lake during the event.