***image1***World-famous boxing promoter Don King, along with The Simpson’s
co-creator Sam Simon, paid a morale-boosting visit to troops at
Ramstein and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Monday.
Mr. King was in Germany to attend the World Boxing Organization
heavyweight title fight between champion Lamon Brewster and German
challenger Luan Krasniqi in Hamburg.
During the visit Mr. King and Mr. Simon repeatedly displayed how much they appreciate what the U.S. troops are doing.
“I love America and it’s an honor to be supporting those who are supporting us,” said Mr. King.
***image2***The first visit was paid to J.R. Rockers restaurant in the enlisted
club on Ramstein. Mr. King greeted all the troops and signed hundreds
of autographs, while Mr. Simon, who is also Lamon Brewster’s manager,
hand-drew Simpsons characters and passed them out.
After posing for photos with the troops, the entourage headed to LRMC to give wounded troops a surprise visit.
“These troops have made the supreme sacrifice and I honor them for allowing me to be able to live,” said Mr. King.
As Mr. King made his way around LRMC, shouting victory chants and
brightening up every room he walked in, he gave the injured troops a
rare reason to smile while they were in their hospital beds.
***image3***Mr. King has been actively involved in helping the military for many years.
Mr. King donates all of his fights to AFN and also gives free tickets
for his fights to military installations close to the host city of the
“Hundreds of thousands of military personnel have attended Don King’s
fights,” said Alan Hopper, Mr. King’s public relations director.
Mr. King also donated $200,000 for a memorial honoring the 101st
Airborne Division from Fort Campell, Ky. and is planning a visit to
Iraq later this year.
“You can’t only support the troops with words, but you have to do it in
action and deed also,” said Mr. King. “We should salute those who stand
and protect our shores.”