By Maddie Ecker, Staff Writer
Team Meade, get ready to rumble!
World Wrestling Entertainment will hold its 14th annual Tribute to the Troops show on Tuesday from 7 to 10 p.m. in Washington, D.C.
In an effort to meet and uplift as many service members as possible, the USO has planned visits Tuesday by the WWE superstars to Fort Meade and Naval Support Activity Bethesda before the evening show.
At Fort Meade, one team of WWE superstars will complete challenges with the Asymmetric Warfare Group, meet with service members and their families, and speak at the “Be A STAR Rally,” an anti-bullying assembly, at MacArthur Middle School.
AWG Soldiers will give WWE superstars a taste of military life through weapons training and a rappelling challenge. Separated into two teams, the wrestlers will rappel a short wall, high tower and rock climbing wall.
After the weapons training, the team will fire M4 assault rifles and 9 mm pistols at paper targets.
The WWE superstars’ trip to the Naval Support Activity Bethesda is also scheduled for that day. The team will observe an adaptive sports demonstration of wounded, ill and injured service members and physical therapists.
A wheel chair basketball game, and meet and greet autograph session will follow.
Tribute to the Troops began in 2003 to honor members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
“For the 14th year, WWE is honored to give back to American military personnel and their families for their commitment to and sacrifice for our country,” said WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon, according to the WWE website.
“Our servicemen and women work tirelessly and selflessly for our freedom, and it is an honor to continue the Tribute to the Troops tradition for them this year in our nation’s capital.”
The USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore is working with WWE to host the event.
“We are so excited to partner with WWE on Tribute to the Troops, an event that truly has become a holiday tradition for our service members and their families,” said Elaine Rogers, president and CEO of USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore, according to the WWE website.
“What better way to thank our active-duty military members and their families for their service than by providing them with an amazing evening of fun and entertainment.”
Tickets were distributed Nov. 28 on the USO-Metro website to active-duty service members, Reservists, National Guardsmen and their dependents.
For those who want to watch from home, Tribute to the Troops will air Wednesday on the USA Network.
Fort Meade WWE Visit:
WWE Meet and Greet at the Exchange
Tuesday, 11 a.m.-noon