FORT LEWIS, Wash. — Pride Week at Fort Lewis concludes May 9 with I Corps Unit Run, the 2008 Military Spouse Appreciation Breakfast, and the inaugural Safety Day fair.
The day’s activities begin with the I Corps run at 7 a.m. Lt. Gen. Charles Jacoby Jr., I Corps commanding general, and Command Sgt. Major Frank Grippe, I Corps Command Sergeant Major, will lead about 20,000 Fort Lewis troops as I Corps runs the 5.25 mile route. Soldiers will assemble behind their unit colors at points along the route, and fall in behind the command group as it passes, until the entire I Corps is running in a single formation through the Fort Lewis cantonment area. This will be the first time the thousands of Soldiers assigned to I Corps and supporting units at Fort Lewis have run in a single formation since 2004.
Following the run, Fort Lewis will recognize Military Spouse Appreciation Day by providing a free pancake breakfast for military spouses at the Post Exchange at 8:30 a.m.
Then-president Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first Military Spouse Appreciation Day in 1984. On the Friday before Mother’s Day, the U.S. Armed Forces recognize those men and women who do not serve in uniform themselves, but whose personal courage and sacrifices make possible the continued military service of their husbands and wives.
At 9 a.m., doors open for the Fort Lewis Safety Day fair at Soldier’s Field House. This event, the first of its kind, combines annual Soldier training requirements with activities that can be enjoyed as a family. Among the many exhibits and activities planned are an on-site massage therapist, Operation Lifesaver and outdoor recreation safety demonstrations, bicycle helmet fitting, the Lowe’s Kids workshop, and a motorcycle rodeo.
I Corps Pride Week combines many opportunities for Soldiers to achieve, and enjoy, their personal and unit accomplishments. From recycling aluminum cans, scrap metal, and other materials reclaimed during the installation clean-up effort, to enjoying time with their families and fellow Soldiers at unit organization day activities, to competing in the Commander’s Cup, the week is designed to enhance morale, improve unit cohesion, and enhance esprit d’ corps.