WWE brings troop tribute to Virginia
Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Monday that WWE will bring its 10th annual holiday salute to the United States Armed Forces, WWE Tribute to the Troops presented by Slim Jim, to Virginia this December. The 10th anniversary holiday extravaganza will air as a two-hour television special on Wednesday, December 19 at 9/8C on USA Network and as a one-hour television special on Saturday, December 22 at 9/8C on NBC.
“We are excited to host WWE Tribute to the Troops in the Norfolk and Hampton Roads area,” said McDonnell. “Virginia has long been committed to supporting our troops and this is another opportunity to thank them for their service. We are home to 125,000 active duty members and 830,000 veterans. Naval Station Norfolk is the crown jewel of the United States Navy and home to so many brave men and women and their families who tirelessly serve our country. It’s great that the WWE has chosen to highlight Virginia and our exceptional military personnel for this holiday tradition.”
This year, WWE Superstars will travel to Naval Station Norfolk, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek/Fort Story and Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, and the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va. to entertain the nearly 200,000 sailors, family members, and civilians that make up the world’s largest naval station and Navy fleet concentration area.
WWE Tribute to the Troops has become a holiday tradition and is considered TV’s most patriotic and heartwarming show. In the grand tradition of Bob Hope, the holiday special will feature performances by Grammy Award-nominated, international superstars Kid Rock and Flo Rida. The show will feature appearances by Disney’s The Muppets, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, Access Hollywood and NBC Sports’ Michelle Beadle and more. Kid Rock and Flo Rida join a renowned list of legendary performers who have entertained at WWE Tribute to the Troops including Mary J. Blige, Nickelback, Sean “Diddy” Combs’ group Diddy – Dirty Money and Trace Adkins.
This trip marks the 10th consecutive year that WWE will bring its one-of-a-kind entertainment to our service men and women to thank them for their commitment to the country and recognition of their sacrifices. The live show, which combines music, comedy and in-ring action, will take place Sunday, December 9 at Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va. Prior to the show, WWE Superstars and Divas will spend the weekend doing activities designed to give back to the sailors of Naval Station Norfolk and their families including a Be a STAR anti-bullying rally and hospital visits as well as spending time with our servicemen and women.
“This is a proud moment for WWE to once again recognize America’s servicemen and women as part of the 10th anniversary of WWE Tribute to the Troops,” said Vince McMahon, Chairman and CEO, WWE. “We are honored to bring our unique brand of family-friendly entertainment to those who have sacrificed so much for our country.”
WWE Tribute to the Troops will also chronicle WWE’s goodwill visit to our troops overseas. WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon, along with WWE Superstars The Miz®, R-Truth, Eve and Layla, will travel overseas to spread some much needed holiday cheer to the men and women serving our country far from home during the holiday season.