Emerald Coast Young Marines honor wounded troop member


Pvt. Makayla Martin, 11, left, and Pfc. Michaela Cantwell, 10, center, of Milton speak with Sgt. Kirstie Ennis, of Milton, Saturday at an Elks Lodge luncheon in Crestview. The Emerald Coast Young Marines honored Ennis, who received serious injuries in a helicopter crash while serving in Afghanistan.

Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 11:03 AM.

CRESTVIEW — The Emerald Coast Young Marines on Saturday learned about being a U.S. Marine as they honored a service member injured in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Kirstie Ennis, of Milton, reportedly received six surgeries for injuries including a torn rotator cuff, shattered jaw and a brain injury. In addition, she experienced post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

But on Saturday, she was the Young Marines’ honored guest an Elks Lodge luncheon.

She appreciated meeting group members who sent her letters of encouragement while she recuperated.

“To put faces to the names of the young Marines that have been writing me throughout my recovery is a great feeling,” Ennis said. “I hope I can empower them half as much as they have done for me.”

Elks Lodge 2624 provided lunch for Ennis, her family and the Young Marines, their parents and staff.

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