Fit-N-Wise to honor vets

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, November 7, 2018

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As the fitness programs manager at Fit-N-Wise, DeAnne Martin has developed friendships with many veterans taking part in classes and programs at the gym.

“I’ve met so many wonderful men and women,” Martin said. “They are the neatest people, truly the salt of the Earth type of people.”

Meeting these veterans, in addition to talking with her husband Craig about his grandfather, a World War II veteran, gave Martin an idea – a Fit-N-Wise veterans program.

“I meet these current-day heroes, and I thought, how can I honor them?” Martin said. “It’s all come together to do the celebration on [Nov. 12].”

Martin has coordinated a morning full of events Monday starting at 10:15 a.m. with a special Silver Sneakers class that will include patriotic music.

Following the class, Taylor Lambert will sing the national anthem. Veteran Dave Lynch will give a speech.

There will also be raffles and snacks provided by Modern Woodmen of America.

All participating veterans will receive a commemorative T-shirt.

“We’re thrilled to be able to honor these men and women,” Martin said.


AHS PROGRAM – Alvord High School will have a Veterans Day program 9 a.m. Thursday in the gym.

RANN CELEBRATION – Decatur’s Rann Elementary is having a veterans assembly 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday in the gym.

CARSON EVENT – Decatur’s Carson Elementary will have an assembly honoring veterans at 1 p.m. Friday in the cafeteria. It will be followed by a living wax museum at 1:30 p.m.

YOUNG PRESENTATION – Decatur’s Young Elementary students will give a Veterans Day presentation 9 a.m. Friday, and the fourth grade will have a special program at 6 that evening.

BMS RECEPTION – Bridgeport Middle School is having a Veterans Day program and reception at 2:30 p.m. Friday.

VETERANS PROGRAM – Decatur Medical Lodge is having a veterans program at 2:45 p.m. Friday.

RHOME VETERANS – Rhome Veterans have numerous events planned in honor of Veterans Day. They’ll have breakfast 10 a.m. Friday at Mel’s in Boyd, followed by flag placement on veterans graves in Aurora Cemetery. A Veterans Day parade is 10:45 a.m. Saturday, and a ceremony is 11 a.m. at Rhome Veterans Park. It will be immediately followed by a USO-style show and auction at the pavilion.

ALVORD EVENT – Alvord Area Veterans are having a program 9 a.m. Saturday at Elm Creek Park in Alvord.

COUNTY PROGRAM – The Wise County Veterans Group will have a program 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Veterans Memorial Park in Decatur. County Judge J.D. Clark will speak, and Joy Roberts will sing the national anthem.

BHS BREAKFAST – Boyd High School is having a Veterans Day celebration Monday. There will be a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. in the library and an assembly at 9 a.m. in the gym. RSVP to

DISD ASSEMBLY – There will be a Veterans Day assembly at the Decatur ISD Multipurpose Building 8 a.m. Monday. Local veterans are invited to join students and faculty before the assembly at 7:30 a.m. in the library for coffee, donuts and special recognition.

SISD PROGRAM – Slidell Elementary will have a veterans program 1:30 p.m. Monday in the elementary auditorium. Pre-kindergarten through third grade students will participate.

DISD HALL OF HONOR – Decatur ISD is accepting names for its Veterans Hall of Honor at the high school. If you have the name of a veteran who served, visit to fill out a form or email DISD Communications Director Sally Rodgers, Name plates will be added this summer.

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