Permission has been given by McMinnville officials for Highland Rim CrossFit to use The Lot on Saturday, April 8 at 9:22 a.m. for an event to help eliminate veteran suicide.
The event is a benefit for Active Heroes Inc., a nonprofit organization out of Louisville, Ky.
Active Heroes has a mission to strengthen active duty military, veterans, and their families in order to provide the coping skills to manage the stress and the triggering points that lead to suicide.
The letter request was considered during a Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting.
“We are committed to giving back to the community as often as we can,” said Mayor Jimmy Haley. “I fully support military veterans. This is a good way to support vets in the community. They are expecting people to come from all around the country to participate and they anticipate people from other countries as well. They are seeking the city’s sponsorship of the event with use of The Lot.”
The time of 9:22 a.m. was selected due to 22 being the average number of veterans who commit suicide every day. No ending time was given.
Active Heroes is dedicated to connecting and helping America’s military families through physical and mental therapy, home repairs and community outreach, financial assistance and community reintegration to halt the triggering points and stress associated with “hard times” that lead to suicide.
“They are requesting permission to use The Lot on Court Square for potential vendors, music and foot traffic,” said Haley.
Alderman Everett Brock asked, “Are they wanting anything else or just what’s in the letter?”
“No, just what’s in the letter,” said Alderman Ryle Chastain. “They aren’t going to need a stage or any equipment. This is in commemoration for eliminating veteran suicide. They said something about vendors or apparel vendors that might set up a couple of small tents to sell shirts.”
Highland Rim CrossFit, located on North Spring Street, received unanimous approval for use of The Lot on April 8 for the event.