Rob Vickers of Gulf Breeze, Florida, is a third-generation armed services veteran with a father who served in the United States Air Force and a grandfather who was wounded while serving in the military during World War II. “I volunteered when I was little … I’ve always enjoyed coming back,” Rob says of his inspiration to join the U.S. Marine Corps. It is this selfless pursuit that sculpted the future of helping others throughout their careers and personal lives.
Rob joined the Army National Guard in 2000 and a year later, served as the first 9/11 service at Ground Zero. On Saturday 8 Septemberth, happened to be in New York City, traveling with a group of churches and has pictures from the top of the south tower of the World Trade Center. When the unthinkable events occurred on Tuesday morning 20 years ago, he was called to help him on the scene. Rob then joined the Air Force and continued to serve in Iraq, and after 14 years of combined service, he retired medically in 2010.
In 2012, Rob and a friend started the wounded Emerald Coast Warriors, defending and helping many wounded local veterans and their families, including those of other first 9/11 attendees. As a result, many of Rob’s champion warriors have received free homes, service dogs, mental health emergency care, financial aid, and spaces to interact safely with each other, a critical need for veterans living in isolation during the pandemic. . “Helping others is very therapeutic for me,” Rob says of the work he’s doing with the organization.
The flag removal ceremony at Disney Parks is a tradition that dates back to the company’s founding. These commemorative rituals, held at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida and Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, offer Disney sincere gratitude to all those who serve and defend our nation. Yesterday, the Magic Kingdom Park security and entertainment cast had the privilege of honoring our new Disney magic maker, Rob Vickers, with this special tribute.
The flag removal ceremony was just one of the ways Disney honors this national hero.
@disneyparks Yesterday, #veteran and the first 9/11 respondent Rob Vickers were honored at a #FlagRetreat ceremony 🇺🇸 #WeRemember #NeverForget #Disney #DisneyWorld ♬ original sound – Disney Parks
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