Published: Jun 18, 2012 4:04 AM EDT
Updated: Jun 18, 2012 3:32 PM EDT

MATLACHA, Fla. - Many fathers have served in our Nation's armed forces.  On Father's Day, the Olde Fish House Marina in Matlacha hosted a special event to honor their sacrifice.  It was the inaugural "Save Our Service Members" fundraiser benefiting the "Wounded Warrior Project."

"There are veterans out there that are fathers.  There are mothers that are playing the role of fathers.  A huge thank you from all of us down here.  We're trying to do something for you," said SOS organizer, Jim Normandin.

"The Wounded Warrior Project is an excellent cause.  They give to our people that get wounded, they help them emotionally, physically, whatever they need," said Olde Fish House Marina manager, Lisa Dence.

Normandin said Father's Day was a perfect time to thank those in uniform.

"Both of my children are in the Navy.  God forbid something happens to them.  I know they have that extra protection that they need," he said.

There were games, raffles and auctions, all benefiting wounded vets like Marine Sargent, David Souders.  He said he's one of the only Wounded Warrior Alumni in the Cape Coral Area.

Their t-shirts read, "SOS.  It's save our service members.  We have what we have because they gave what they gave," Normandin.

"This is a special day.  Father's Day is very close to me.  I've got both of my kids here with me.  Both of them are in dress uniform.  You got to see my son's proposal to his girlfriend.  What a gift," he said.

For more about the Wounded Warrior Project, go to