Golf fans pause to pay tribute to the troops

WASHINGTON – Honoring service members has become a tradition at the AT&T National golf tournament and fans have been writing personal messages this week that will go to bases all over the world.

The 18th green of the Congressional Country Club will once again see a special tribute to the United States Military. Donning flags and seals from each branch of the military, the “We Salute Our Heroes” tribute wall that debuted at the 2011 AT&T National in Philadelphia, gives fans the chance to extend their thanks and support for the men and women who serve in the military.

PenFed (Pentagon Federal Credit Union), one of the nation’s largest credit unions, the PenFed Foundation and Prudential PenFed Realty sponsor the We Salute Our Heroes tribute wall.

“We are very excited to be part of one of the country’s top golfing events,” said Christopher Flynn, president of the PenFed Foundation. “The tournament will be a great way for PenFed supporters to have fun while helping raise money for the men and women of our armed forces who need help.”

“It is a great opportunity to give back to our military,” says Kevin Wiles, president of Prudential PenFed Realty.

Last year, the “We Salute Our Heroes” tribute wall made its Congressional Country Club debut. After the tournament concluded, sections of the tribute wall were framed and delivered to local military outlets in the Washington area.

The AT&T National also raises funds and awareness for the college-access programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation and local charities.

Andrew Mollenbeck contributed to this report. Follow @mollenbeckWTOP and @WTOP on Twitter.

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