8-foot “Salute!” Sculpture to be unveiled at OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA Nov. 10

A series of YMCA events to honor veterans will culminate with the unveiling of a remarkable 8-foot Salute! sculpture on Nov. 10 at the OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA, scheduled to open Dec. 3.

Commissioned by the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Arts Council, sculptor Clay Enoch of the National Sculptor’s Guild will speak at the public ceremony along with military dignitaries, veterans and YMCA leaders.

Fitness, support for veterans

The YMCA offers many programs for veterans, including a 20 percent subsidy on Y membership for veterans, military service men and women and their families. The OrthoIndy Foundation Y will be the first in the nation to house a VA medical clinic on site, offering veterans a host of opportunities for wellness and reintegration into the community.

Salute Statue | Veteran's | OrthoIndy Foundation Y | YMCA of Greater Indianapolis
“Salute!” to be unveiled Nov. 10

Prior to the unveiling ceremony, the Pike YMCA will host the Heroes Health Hope 5K at 8:30 a.m. at Eagle Creek Park. On Nov. 9, the Jordan Y will host an Army vs. Navy basketball game, and the YMCA at the Athenaeum will host a Veterans Outdoor Boot Camp at the Central Library. YES to Vets Yoga is also offered at the Pike YMCA on Nov. 5, 12 and 19 (Monday evenings).

Military speakers, breakfasts

Also on Nov. 9, Major General David C. Coburn will address hundreds at the Breakfast for Vets at the Benjamin Harrison YMCA, and Richard Cavin II, retired U.S. Navy Master Chief Petty Officer, will speak at the Veteran’s Day Breakfast at the Witham Family YMCA. The Ransburg Y and Irsay Family Y at CityWay will also host breakfast/brunch for veterans.

Open to the public unless otherwise noted. Free unless otherwise noted.

DateLocationEvent
Nov. 5, 12, 19Pike YMCASay Yes to Vets Yoga
Nov. 9Irsay Family YMCA at CityWayBreakfast for Vets
Nov. 9Witham Family YMCAVeteran's Day Breakfast
Nov. 9Benjamin Harrison YMCABreakfast for the Brave
Nov. 9Baxter YMCAVeteran's Family Night Out
Nov. 9Central LibraryVeterans Outdoor Boot Camp
Nov. 10Jordan YMCAArmy vs. Navy Basketball game
Nov. 10Eagle Creek State ParkHeroes Health Hope 5K
Nov. 10OrthoIndy Foundation YMCASalute! Sculpture Unveiling
Nov. 12Ransburg YMCABrunch for Veterans

Letters, care packages, ribbons

There are tons of ways to thank a Vet. The YMCA will also send cards and care packages, make posters, where yellow ribbons and create an Honor Wall thanking U.S. Veterans for their service.

Benjamin Harrison Veterans Appreciation Lunch email