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Every year, Memorial Day weekend honors our men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military. A sacred memorial, it can be easy to lose sight of its meaning and the memories that are woven into this national holiday when going from one festival or picnic to the next. The St. Pius X Military Outreach Program, coordinated by Mrs. Krista Schumacher, has a recommendation for capturing the true spirit of the holiday.

 

Visit the Field of Heroes located at the southwest corner of Cleveland Ave. and County Line Rd. in Westerville, Ohio.  “Go see and experience this amazing display if you want to capture the true spirit of Memorial Day,” commented Schumacher. “Walk through the path of 3,000 flags while reading dedications and stories along the way about our local heroes. End your journey at the special tribute and ceramic poppy field. Events and experiences like these foster an appreciation and support for our veterans and members of the military.” Not only will the display inspire you, but attendance is a great first step to getting involved in the parish’s Military Outreach Program.

 

This Memorial Day weekend, the Military Outreach Program will have a flag display honoring all veterans and active military of St. Pius X.  “This display is our way of commemorating and thanking each and every veteran, deceased veteran, and active service member for all that they have sacrificed for our country,” said Schumacher. “Thanks to a local Boy Scout troop, and John Waibel, parishioner, and representative of VFW Post 9473, we’ll have flags lining the St. Pius X entrance and school sidewalk. Each flag honors one of the 117 veterans or military family members listed on our St. Pius X roster.

 

The St. Pius X Military Outreach Program began in 2009, an outgrowth of a similar program begun in 2005 by Seton Parish to support wounded soldiers in Iraq. The ministry continues to support deployed military through the annual creation and shipment of personal “goodie boxes” to soldiers. The boxes are assembled from item donations by volunteers and parishioners. “Over the years in being a part of this program,” commented Schumacher,  “I have received numerous heartfelt emails and letters from deployed service members noting how important it is to know someone back home is thinking about them.”  The response from volunteers and parishioners and is astounding, and program donations increase yearly.

 

In 2017, the ministry is supporting the USO Fenty, Jalalabad Airport, in Afghanistan, as well as deployed family members of St. Pius X, Seton, and VFW Post 9473. The ministry also supports a variety of veteran and active military programs throughout the year, including Central Ohio Veterans Stand Down, a collaborative event between local VA offices, other government agencies, and community agencies who serve the homeless. This year’s event will be held October 17 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High Street.

 

If you would like to learn more about St. Pius X Military Outreach Program or would like to contact Krista Schumacher, Coordinator, please visit:

http://spxreynoldsburg.com/military-outreach-program.html