During the month of September Monterey Bay Veterans (MBV) provided the ADA requirement at four major area venues, including Laguna Seca, the Monterey County Fair, Monterey Jazz Festival and the First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. We then kicked off October with the Annual Cod Derby with hundreds of participants from all over the state.
MBV concluded this very busy September with the unveiling of the one of a kind dive boat Freedom, featuring the Lift 2 Freedom submersible dive platform. On September 27th we celebrated the dedication of MBV vessel Freedom into service. This boat is the crown jewel of the Freedom Dive Program, a collaborative project of MBV, Degnan Divers, Presidio of Monterey Outdoor Recreation and Breakwater SCUBA. The unveiling followed two ocean dives aboard Freedom by Dave Riley, National Commander of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). Dave, who inspired the Freedom program, is a Coast Guard veteran and quad amputee. The official announcement took place at a dedication ceremony attended by local and national dignitaries including representatives from DAV at State and National levels, state and local government officials, local military commands, the Veterans Administration and other Veteran Service Organizations.
MBV wishes to thank all of our great volunteers, without whom it would be impossible for MBV to deliver on all its commitments of service to our disabled veterans. In addition to the “normal” cycle of Physically Challenged access and the many fishing opportunities, dozens of volunteers put in thousands of hours repairing, refurbishing and modifying Freedom to prepare her for a new life. We also want to thank the many donors whose products and services helped bring the Freedom dream to reality.
Freedom was officially put into service with this prayer:
“Almighty God we gather here today to dedicate this vessel to a new life of service to our Veterans, who have served and sacrificed to ensure for us the gift for which she is named,……. “Freedom”. We ask for your blessing on “Freedom”, those who prepared her for service and all who will serve aboard her, that she may always be a source of healing and happiness. Amen”