Every year, Active Heroes hosts Stand At Attention competitions at various locations across the nation. At these events, representatives from each of the five branches of the military compete with each other by seeing who can hold the position of attention for the longest amount of time. These competitions are fundraisers through which Active Heroes supports military veterans, service members, and their families. People who attend the competitions also help decide the winning service branch by donating to the service buckets which are placed in front of each service member.
Active Heroes has already hosted several Stand At Attention competitions around the world in 2015. Last weekend we held three competitions in Kennesaw GA, Bloomington MN, and Winston-Salem NC. Including the other competitions held in 2015 (including one in Naples, Italy), the Stand At Attention Spring competitions raised a total of over $16,300 to help military veterans and families in need. This weekend also saw Active Heroes history in the making; the Stand At Attention competition at the Mall of America was the first time in the history of the event that all of the competitors were female service members!
Cathy Bordeaux is the national director for Stand At Attention, and she is constantly moved by the support the event receives. “People who attend Stand at Attention events for the first time are never prepared for the friendships they’ll make or how much of an effect the event’s going to have on them. People go to these events thinking ‘I’ll just go and donate and stay for a little while,’ but a lot of the time people will end up staying for hours, just talking to other veterans and making friendships that last a long time.”
At the competition in Harrisburg, PA in January, one of the soldiers representing the Army was brand new to the military, having enlisted only a few weeks prior to the event. Brandon Wray was passing through the mall when he saw the competition in progress. After learning that a competitor was still needed to represent the Army, Brandon stood at attention for over six hours in support of Active Heroes and military veterans. “He hadn’t even been to boot camp yet, but saw we had an empty spot for the Army and he jumped right in!” said Cathy.
The Stand At Attention (Fall Edition) is scheduled for September 19th in cities all over the U.S. and around the world! For more information, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/standatattention! Anyone who can’t attend a competition can watch and make donations online through www.activeheroes.org/stand!