(ROCKWALL, TX — Nov. 15, 2019) This week, the J.E.R. Chilton YMCA at Rockwall hosted Veterans Week inviting the community to honor and recognize the service and sacrifice of our nation’s military veterans.
The Y kicked off the week with a flag folding ceremony on Veterans Day, put on in partnership with the Terry Fisher American Legion Post 117 of Rockwall. The event featured a 13-fold procedure of the American flag, narrated by Army veteran and Retired US Secret Service Senior Special Agent Clarence Jorif. Folks were also invited to a boot camp held in the YMCA gym led by Personal Trainer Jackie Stout.
On Tuesday, veterans were invited to support their respective branch of service by wearing gear from the branch in which they serve or have served. On Wednesday, the Y hosted a Military Spouse Night and Meet & Greet featuring Pastor Mark Wilburn of First Baptist Church Heath. Then on Thursday, the community was invited to sport their camo apparel for Wear Camo Day.
To cap off Veterans Week, the YMCA held a Packing Day to send care packages to military veterans serving overseas. The care packages were filled to the brim with necessities such as food and clothing, along with pen pal letters written by kids from Poetry Community Christian School in Terrell.
The YMCA has been serving military veterans since the Civil War in 1861, providing free memberships to veterans and their families.
ABOUT THE YMCA
J.E.R. Chilton YMCA at Rockwall is a nonprofit organization strengthening our local community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. More than just a gym, the J.E.R. Chilton YMCA is a full-service recreational center offering a 6,000 sq. ft. fitness floor; indoor pool; personal training; group exercise classes including yoga, PiYo, Zumba, BodyCombat, spin, dance, and more; health and wellness programs; youth sports; Youth & Government and other teen programming; water fitness and swim lessons, Angel Camp for children with special needs; Camp Dakota Summer Day Camp; and Adventure Guides for fathers and their children. The Y’s mission is to put Christian values into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Financial assistance is available.
By Austin Wells, Blue Ribbon News. Photos by Blue Ribbon News.
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