"It's important for us to remember those in the military," Event Chair Janice Piatt said. "Especially this year."
Although military personnel have been honored in recent years, the loss of a local hero adds more meaning to the ceremony this year.
In February, United States Marine Cpl. Gregory Scott Stultz, 22, Brazil, was killed in the line of duty while stationed in Afghanistan. Cpl. Stultz is the first local serviceman to die in the War on Terror and the first soldier from Clay County to die during military combat in more than 30 years.
On February 25, 2010, hundreds of people lined Brazil streets to pay their respect as the motorcade took Cpl. Stultz to his final resting place, Summit Lawn Cemetery.
While the fundraising event is focused on raising money to support cancer research, it is also a community event.
"This is also important to our Relayers and local residents. We invite the public to come join us at 8 p.m., when Relay activities stop for a moment of silence and we recognize those soldiers who are actively serving our country," American Cancer Society Community Coordinator for Clay County Rachel Romas told The Brazil Times. "There will also be a memorial lap for those who want to participate. We hope that veterans, active military personnel, local residents and those who want to show their support will join us for this special event that takes place within Clay County's Relay."
The 14-hour event at the Clay County YMCA, starts at 4 p.m., Saturday, and lasts until 6 a.m., Sunday. Other activities scheduled during the event include an exhibition by Clay County Sheriff's Department K-9 Unit Sgt. Josh Clarke and K-9 Officer Forrest, an appearance by Sparky The Fire Dog, an "extremely large" amount of items for a silent auction, the ACS bookstore, a Scrapbooking event, a Euchre tournament, various games and food booths, specialty laps and performances by local entertainment groups,
For more information about how to participate in the 2010 Clay County American Cancer Society Relay For Life, contact Event Chair Janice Piatt (812-442-9785) or Event Vice Chair Carrol Evans (812-442-0505) or log on http://www.relayforlife.org/claycountyin.
It's not too late to participate in the 2010 Clay County American Cancer Society Relay For Life.
Registration ($10) forms will be available during the event for those who wish to participate as last-minute Relayers in the numerous activities. For others who aren't sure about participating -- but want to get in on the fun -- there will be many economical fundraising booths/activities available to enjoy with the family.
Numerous local businesses and residents have donated items for the Silent Auction. Bidding starts early and will last until approximately 10 p.m.
Luminaria forms/bags (starting at $10 each) for the candlelight ceremony are also available until 8:30 p.m. The ceremony begins at 9 p.m.
Tickets to use for purchases available at the Relay event for tournament, games and other activities (including drinks and other food items) will be on sale in the entryway of the YMCA. Tickets can be purchased 2 for $1 or 22 for $10.
The fun begins at 4 p.m., Saturday, at the Clay County YMCA.