YMCA Announces Month Dedicated to Honoring Service Members

The YMCA challenges all Washington County residents to show their support of our brave men and women.

During the month of November, the Washington County Family YMCA will lead Washington County in A Salute to our Soldiers by honoring our local service members and their families to recognize the sacrifice they and their families make to secure the nation’s freedom.

The YMCA has outlined weekly challenges for all Washington County residents for the month of November which include wearing yellow, writing letters of support, donating care package items, and prayer.

"In November, we are fortunate to have two wonderful Holidays—Veterans Day and Thanksgiving!" says Rosie Morehous, the Youth First Director taking on the project, “I look forward to propelling the sentiment of these occasions into the whole month by leading the community in showing our thanks and gratitude to the many brave men and women through A Salute to our Soldiers.”

The YMCA will have a limited supply of Salute To Our Soldiers t-shirts on sale at their front desk for $15 each. T-shirts will have a new STOS 2014 design, and will come in sand and military heather green options. First come, first served, so stop in today to ensure your shirt is available! Proceeds made from the shirts will go to assist in any postage/supplies necessary for care packages mailed.

Letters and or pictures of your service men and women can also be e-mailed to to be posted to the Washington County Family YMCA’s website and Facebook page to recognize your soldiers throughout the month.

The weekly community challenges are listed below:

  • November 3rd-7th, the community is encouraged to wear yellow in support of our troops. “Salute To Our Soldiers” wrist bands may be picked up at the Washington County Family YMCA—while supplies last, and 2014 “Salute To Our Soldiers” t-shirts may be purchased at the Y, or by contacting Rosie Morehous.
  • November 10th-14th, the community is encouraged to write letters of support and encouragement to service men and women you know. Letters of thanks to our many wonderful veterans are encouraged as well. Feel free to send in copies of your letters for the Y to post on-line and in the lobby to share with the community.
  • November 19th-21st, the community is encouraged to donate care package items to the YMCA that will be sent to our brave soldiers currently serving.
  • November 24th-28th, the community is encouraged to pray for our soldiers.

A Prayer Meeting on the Square will be held on Monday, November 24th, from 12:00-1:00pm. More information on guest speakers, special singers, and program details will be announced closer to Prayer on the Square.

“The Monday before Thanksgiving, we have a nice little program lined up to honor our soldiers,” says Morehous. “When celebrating the many things we have to be thankful for, putting our soldiers and veterans at the top of the list is very important”. Morehous is hopeful that many members of the community will come out for this brief event.

If you would like your active duty service member to be recognized by either prayer list, letters of support, thank you cards, or care packages please contact Rosie Morehous at the YMCA at 812-883-9622 or by email to You may also post Thanks on our Facebook Page!