Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

May 24, 2013

Veterans a big part of Fair Park

By Tina Taylor
Chronicle contributor

CROSSVILLE — The week before Veterans Day, Fair Park Senior Center interviewed some of the folks at Fair Park Senior Center who had served the country in the service. Over 70 men stated they had served and one woman. Giving up a lot to serve, sharing that common bond, only they can understand. No matter which branch or which war, they all share a deep passion for this country.

One of the event sponsors at the center is Vietnam Veterans of Cumberland County Chapter 1015. It has taken many decades for these guys to recover in some form and come together, realizing that they are not alone in what they had to experience. Fellowshipping together has helped them more than anything to heal the mental wounds that have never healed.

Over the last few years across the country, veterans have been flocking together at numerous veterans’ festivals. A large number of veterans of all wars have been the American Indians, which have been holding their pow wows at these festivals.

This coming weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 31-June 2, the VVA will be presenting the first All Veterans Tribute Festival in the county, which will be held at the Cumberland County Community Complex. It is not just for all veterans from all over the Southeast of every war and every branch of service, but it is also a fun filled day of lots of activities for everyone and their families. Plan to show the veterans you appreciate them this weekend and have fun. Call 248-9969 for more information.

Every day, everyone gets older and start slowing down, but that is the last thing you need to do. They all have to keep moving. Physical Fitness Specialist Clintina Simms will be leading seniors in exercises “Move It or Lose It.” You can move to the music of the oldies every Friday afternoon in June at 1:30 p.m. Dancing to energetic music while getting a head-to-toe workout. Each class is only $1, so sign up.

You can also move to the beat of a different drum in June by taking hula dance lessons which will be lead by Hawaiian chorographer Noelani Derossett. The first class of seven will be Tuesday, June 4 at 2 p.m. Ladies, you do not get a chance to learn to do this every day in this part of Tennessee.

Fair Park Senior Center is for all seniors and is open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with some extra activities at night. It is across the street from the Cumberland County Fairgrounds, at 1433 Livingston Rd. in Crossville. You can also visit the center’s website at http://www.fairparkseniorcenter.org to keep up-to-date on the latest programs and activities that are being offered, as well as on-line versions of the center’s monthly newsletter, “Newsline.” Call us at 484-7416.