Hague to host Memorial Day weekend events

HAGUE - Injured war correspondent Bob Woodruff will speak during Memorial Day ceremonies in Hague.

Woodruff, whose family vacations in the community, will speak at 3:30 p.m. during the dedication of a memorial in the town park Saturday, May 23.

The annual Hague Memorial Day observance will also include the traditional parade at 2 p.m., "Funfest" activities in the park 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the Hague Fire Department chicken barbecue 4-8 p.m. at the fire house.

Woodruff joined ABC News in 1996 and has covered major stories throughout the country and around the world for the network. He was named co-anchor of ABC's World News Tonight in December 2005.

Jan. 29, 2006, while reporting on U.S. and Iraqi security forces, Woodruff was seriously injured by a roadside bomb that struck his vehicle near Taji, Iraq.

Just 13 months after being wounded in Iraq, Woodruff returned to ABC News with his first on-air report, "To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports." The hour-long, prime-time documentary chronicled his traumatic brain injury, his recovery and the plight of thousands of service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with similar injuries.

In February 2007, Woodruff and his wife Lee co-wrote a best selling memoir In an Instant, chronicling his injuries in Iraq and how their family persevered through a time of intense trauma and uncertainty.

The Woodruff family also established the Bob Woodruff Family Foundation for Traumatic Brain Injury to raise money to assist members of the military with cognitive rehabilitation and care following a traumatic brain injury suffered in service to their country.

Since returning to the air, Woodruff has reported from around the globe.

In July 2008, Woodruff began anchoring Focus Earth, a weekly eco-newscast for Planet Green.

Before becoming a journalist, Woodruff was an attorney. In 1989, while teaching law in Beijing, he was hired by CBS News to work as a translator during the Tiananmen Square uprising, and a short time later he changed careers, becoming ABC's Justice Department correspondent in Washington in the late 1990s.

Woodruff has a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School and a bachelor's from Colgate University.

He and his wife have four children.

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