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Hometown hero to be married by Operation Marry Me Military

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By Rachel Johnson, Staff Writer

Brunswick County has the chance to be a part of a hometown hero’s wedding.

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Kim Munley and Brandon Meredith of Kure Beach are recipients of Operation Marry Me Military’s grand prize wedding.

Munley grabbed national attention after heroically ending the Fort Hood massacre that left 13 people dead in 2009. Munley shot the suspect four times and was shot herself in the exchange. She had to have a knee replacement as a result of the gunshots.

In November 2011, Munley proposed to her now husband at the Sea Witch Café in Carolina Beach. Meredith, a U.S. Army sergeant, and Munley had been dating for eight months at the time.

“The band paused during the song ‘Chicken Fried’ and called to introduce me onstage,” Munley wrote in her OMM application. I called Brandon up and got on my knee and asked him to marry me.”

Munley and Meredith worked together for several years at Fort Hood. Munley was his supervisor. Munley returned to work a year after the shooting, and he was again under her supervision.

“In February of 2011, I moved back to North Carolina and he deployed again in May to Afghanistan,” Munley wrote. “Finally we took a chance to become more than co-workers or friends and shortly realized it was a blessing in disguise. I had vowed to never settle down again yet within months, I was secretly planning on how to ask him to marry me. He has now become my hero, not only because of his sacrifices and many deployments, but because he has restored faith in the belief that soul mates do exist even among the most uncommon of individuals.

“‘Everything happens for a reason’ is our motto. Fate has an explanation for everything, and Brandon and I have chosen to accept our fate as a gift from above because nothing has ever felt so right until now. Getting married on Veteran’s Day would be the perfect day to get married. I am a veteran, and he is soon to be a veteran, and without our service to our country that we both chose to make, we would have never met.”

Munley and Meredith’s wedding will be one of seven throughout the state that are a part of OMM.

Oak Island resident Alecia Geddings founded OMM in 2011. Her goal was to give a deserving active duty couple a wedding on Veteran’s Day. The event was a huge success and has caught on across the state.

Brittany Adams of BAO Events is serving as wedding coordinator for the big day in Brunswick County. Munley and Meredith will be married on Nov. 11 at Knots Landing in Ocean Isle Beach.

“There is a $120,000 value on the wedding,” said Adams. “It includes more than just the wedding day.”

This year’s winners in Brunswick County will be treated to an air tour as well as a honeymoon excursion that includes three days on Oak Island.

Adams is excited about the level of participation she has received thus far from area vendors and residents wanting to be a part of the special day.

While the big day is rapidly approaching, Adams is working closely with Munley to ensure the wedding is exactly like she wants it to be. Adams is still looking for donations and extra help.

“It is just so awesome to see how many people want to jump on board,” Adams said.

There are numerous opportunities to be a part of making two of America’s heroes wedding day a day to remember.

“At the end of the day, I want Kim and Brandon to feel like they deserve this wedding because of what they’ve done and sacrificed as a family,” Adams said.

For more information on how you can help, call Adams at (704) 996-0583. For more information on OMM visit www.operationmmm.com.

 

Rachel Johnsonis a staff writer at The Brunswick Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or rjohnson@brunswickbeacon