Patriotic music will lift the spirits as we lift up our military in gratitude and prayer at the 13th Annual YMCA Veterans Prayer Breakfast, set for Nov. 9 at the Craig and Steven Hogan Family YMCA in Madison.
Maj. Gen. Paul Pardew, Commanding General of the Army Contracting Command, will offer the keynote for the occasion. Offering prayer on behalf of our Veterans, Military and Nation will be CH (LTC) Paul Ramsey, U.S. Army Contracting Command Chaplain, and Kevin McGlamery, Pastor of Life Church Huntsville. Harpist Olivia Hitt and SGMGregory Knight, U.S. Army (Ret) will provide music and lead the assembly in song. MaxBennett, Chairman of Veterans Week, will emcee.
As the first event of Veterans Week in the Tennessee Valley, the breakfast adopts the theme “Courage, Sacrifice and Duty, Honoring our Military Veterans.” Doors will open at 6:45 a.m. for check-in and a coffee social with the program beginning promptly at 7:30a.m.
Advance tickets may be purchased online at ymcahuntsville.org/VETERANS, by firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 256.428.9622 x3008. Individual tickets are $25, and sponsor tables may be reserved for $300. Veterans and those currently serving in the Military may request a free ticket with an RSVP by Nov. 7. Table sponsors are encouraged to make seats available so that Veterans may dine with them.
“The purpose of the YMCA Veterans Prayer Breakfast is to let our military heroes, both those who have served previously and those currently serving, know that they are cherished and valued in our community,” said retired Brig. Gen. (Ret) Bob Drolet, chairman of the YMCA Veterans Prayer Breakfast.
Veterans Week recognition at the Y includes free admission for all Veterans and those with valid Military I.D. to include their families from November 2-11 at all branches of the Y: Downtown Express YMCA and Southeast Family YMCA in Huntsville and HoganFamily YMCA in Madison.
As part of Heart of the Valley’s ongoing commitment to supporting the total family, the Y offers free membership to soldiers before and after deployment and to their families while their loved one is away. In 2017, Heart of the Valley YMCA provided more than$132,250 in membership and programs to Military families.