For the first time ever since starting our mission in 2012, my dad’s flight was cancelled. So we had to call an audible…
Originally he was supposed to take a series of $1 megabusses from Jacksonville all the way to Baltimore. But instead I booked him a flight home after the Thursday night Jaguars game so he could avoid a few night of sleeping on the bus & come home to spend some time with family & sleep in a real bed. But my plan was foiled by mother nature when we got about 10 inches of snow Saturday morning.
We expected the flight to be delayed a little bit, but never expected it to get cancelled. As most of you know, my dad is no stranger to sleeping at the airport. My dad was excited to see that the airport staff had even rolled out cots for everyone to sleep on. But I wasn’t going to let him sleep at our home base airport & picked him back up.
We exhausted all of our options before coming to the realization that he was not going to be able to make it to Baltimore to make warrior wishes come true… However, thanks to our awesome friends in Baltimore they didn’t let our warriors down. The Ravens Posse hosted SFC Anthony Workman & the Gold Star Family of Army Major Robert Marchanti at their tailgate and hooked them up with front row seats!!! (Meet the Warriors Below)
The Ravens Posse has been helping us make Warrior Wishes come true over the past 3 years. The Posse are a group of Baltimore Ravens Fans known for their enthusiasm and passion for their team, coaches, band, mascot, and home town. This passion for the Ravens may be only exceeded by their love of doing charity work and community service. We would like to thank the Posse for their generosity & support to help us make these Warrior’s Wishes come true! we truly couldn’t have done it without you. We would also like to thank New Era for Providing Ravens Caps.
TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!
Since my dad could not make it out to Baltimore, he ended up at Soldier field with me hosting a Gold Star family at the Bears game. See the full story in our next post!
MEET THE WARRIORS
SFC ANTHONY WORKMAN
SFC Anthony Workman is currently serving in the Maryland Army National Guard as the Recon Platoon Sergeant for the 231st Chemical Company. He also holds a secondary MOS as a Military Police Officer. Workman has served our country a total of 18 years, 8 of which were in the United States Marine Corps with Marine Aviation Group 49 Det-A. Workman also works as a firefighter in Baltimore city for the past 9 years and holds the rank of Fire Lieutenant assigned to Truck Company No.27.
Workman is married and is a proud dad to seven children from ages 11 to 24. Anthony says he has spent a lot of time away from home due to serving our country or his local community. “Having this opportunity to spend with family creating memories is awesome.” It was an honor to make this warriors wish come true and provide him and his family memories that will last a lifetime.
MAJ. ROBERT MARCHANTI
Robert Marchanti was KIA on February 25, 2012 in Kabul Afghanistan. He Robert was working with the MD National Guard and NATO to to help the Afghan police department train when he and Lct Col Darin Loftis were killed by a fellow Afghan police office in what we now call a “Green on Blue.” Maj Marchanti served in the MD Guard for 28 years, he was named “Soldier of the Year in 1989. Bob was married for 25 years and has 4 children.
He was an avid Ravens fan. It was an honor to help keep his legacy alive and host his family at the game thanks to the Posse.