by Budweiser Clydesdale Blog Staff | Jul 09, 2013
Photo By: Nicole D'Angelo
Kicking off the start of southern California’s 4th of July celebrations, the Budweiser Clydesdales’ West Coast Hitch took part in the 64th Annual Coronado 4th of July Parade. After spending time at Camp Pendleton on July 3rd, the Budweiser Clydesdales continued to do their part in Budweiser’s “Folds of Honor” promotion by taking part in the parade to thank the men and women who are serving and have served in the military. As one of the leaders of the parade, the Budweiser Clydesdales took part in the celebration with thousands of families from the San Diego area. Parade goers lined more than 10 blocks of the downtown area of Coronado Island to watch the Budweiser Clydesdales represent Budweiser wholesalers and thank the Navy and Marine branches of the San Diego area.
Folds Of Honor
Since 2010, Budweiser has raised more than $5 million for the Folds for Honor Foundation, which has provided more than 2,600 educational scholarships to families of soldiers killed or disabled in service.
The Folds of Honor Foundation was founded in 2007 by Major Dan Rooney, a former F-16 pilot with the Oklahoma Air National Guard, PGA professional, and USGA member. Maj. Rooney served three combat tours in Iraq, but after his second, he witnessed something on a commercial flight that changed his life. As the plane landed, the pilot announced, “Ladies and gentlemen, we have an American hero on board – Corporal Brock Bucklin. And his twin brother, Corporal Brad Bucklin, is accompanying him home from Iraq. As a sign of respect, please remain seated while Cpl. Bucklin’s family receives him in his final homecoming.” Maj. Rooney watched as Cpl. Brock Bucklin’s flag-draped casket was lowered off the plane. What he also saw was Brock’s family, including a four-year old boy waiting for his father. This tragedy inspired Maj. Rooney to start the FHF.