Community comes together to give retired veteran wedding of his dreams

Community comes together to give retired veteran wedding of his dreams


INJURED IN AFGHANISTAN… IS GETTING HITCHED FOR A SECOND TIME…. TO THE WOMAN WHO STOOD BY HIS SIDE… THROUGH A DIFFICULT RECOVERY. THEY GOT MARRIED A YEAR AGO… WITH NO FRILLS. BUT AS WL-WT NEWS FIVE’S EMILY WOOD SHOWS US… THEY’RE NOW GETTING THEIR DREAM WEDDING… THANKS TO THE HELP…. OF THE MT. ORAB COMMUNITY. (“The day before a wedding can be extremely stressful but thanks to the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes and this entire community, everything is planned and paid for.”) RETIRED STAFF SERGEANT DARREN DOWNING IS READY TO BE A GROOM AGAIN. (darren downing, staff sgt., us army, ret.: “I remember everything up to the moment the bomb went off.”) IN 2012, DOWNING’S UNIT IN AFGHANISTAN WAS ATTACKED. HE SUFFERED MAJOR BRAIN INJURIES AND TWO PIECES OF SHRAPNEL ARE STILL LODGED INSIDE. HIS FIANCEE, BROOK NEVER LEFT HIS SIDE… AND THE COUPLE HAD A SMALL, NO- FRILLS CEREMONY A YEAR AGO. (downing: “I owe Brook more than I can ever re-pay her. To this day she takes care of me, everyday.”) TOMORROW – ON THEIR ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY, BROOK AND DARREN WILL SAY “I DO” AGAIN WITH THE HELP OF VOLUNTEERS. (annette fitzpatrick, wedding coordinator: “I feel proud to be a part of it because we are in a small community, small county compared to the big city where we might not all know each other but we all step up and help each other out.”) EVERYTHING FROM THE DRESS, TO THE VENUE, DECORATIONS AND EVEN THE FLOWERS HAVE BEEN DONATED BY COMPANIES AROUND BROWN COUNTY. (terry holland, owner, the treasure chest flower shop: “Oh I was absolutely willing to do it, we look forward to it, it’s an honor for us to do this.”) AN HONOR THAT GIVES BACK TO A SOLDIER.. AND HIS BRIDE.. WHO HAVE BOTH ALREADY GIVEN SO MUCH FOR OUR COUNTRY. (downing: “She’s the most beautiful woman in the world, I can’t wait to see her in her dress, and then of course the honeymoon (laughs) “) (“The Downings will re-ty the knot tomorrow afternoon at 4 o’clock and then together they will jet off to their honeymoon in the Caribbean. Reporting from Mt. Orab in Brown Co., EW, WLWT N 5.”) TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NON- PROFIT …. THAT KICK-STARTED THE DOWNINGS DREAM WEDDING… GO TO WLWT.COM. WE’LL LINK YOU …. TO “THE COALITION TO SALUTE AMERICA’S HEROES” WEBSITE.

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