Military Events in October 

                   There are some noteworthy military events taking place during October.  There are times when a service person returns home and has difficulty finding a job.  For veterans who are looking for employment, DAV Recruit Military is sponsoring a Veterans Job Fair, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 3, at Heinz Field, 100 Art Rooney Avenue For more information, visit https://success.recruitmilitary.com/events/pittsburgh-veterans-job-fair-october-3-2019. 

         Two Mars Area High School students have been working hard to show their support and admiration for the military.  Senior Jenna Sutton and freshman John Sutton worked in conjunction with the Mars Student Council to sponsor a military fundraiser.  Every Saturday from June 15 thru September 7, they held “Cookies for a Cause,” at the Mars Farmer’s Market.  Proceeds from the campaign benefit the veterans living at St. John Specialty Care Center.  During the 2018-19 school year, the fundraiser grossed $1,348.  The Suttons are having a “Cookies for a Cause” booth at the 25th annual Mars Applefest.  The event will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, in downtown Mars.   

        October 26 is annually designated as National Day of the Deployed.  It honors all brave men and women who have been deployed, are sacrificing or gave their lives to defend our country.  The day also acknowledges their families who are separated from them during their deployment. These family members make sacrifices in order for their family members to serve our country. 

         In honor of Military Appreciation Day, Slippery Rock University has a Salute to Military and First Responders.  The tribute will be held at 1 p.m., Oct. 26, at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium before the SRU football game against Clarion University.  All military veterans, current military personnel and first responders will be admitted to the game for free and will be asked to stand for recognition.  Representatives from VA Butler Healthcare will have a table with information to support veterans’ services, and spectators will have the opportunity to receive VA Butler Healthcare giveaways. 

         Another special event that recognizes service members is the Fall Festival: Military Appreciation Day.  It will be held from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 26, on Overbrook Road in Valencia.  The festival is hosted by Freedom Farms Farmer’s Market.  It promises to be a fun-filled family event. 

By Paula Green