☷CYS salutes post s youngest heroes
U.S. Army ( By Press Release office)
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Capt . James Smith with the 1 - 151 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion at McEntire Joint National Guard Base , holds his daughter Vasiliki as she touches a horse brought to the CYS Family Fun Fair by the Richland County Sheriffs Department . The horse was one of many hands on activities available to the post community at the event . Garrison Commander Col . Ryan Hanson , center , and other members of the Fort Jackson community sign up for season passes to the Palmetto Park water park during the 2022 Child , Youth Service Family Fun Fair April 29 at Patriots Park . The last weekday in April brought to a close the Month of the Military Child and witnessed Fort Jackson honoring its little ones with a night of family - oriented fun . “This is the last big community celebration to celebrate the youngest heroes we have , said Sunny Bolton , Child , Youth Service Coordinator about the Family Fun Fair held April 29 at Patriots Park on post . Since April 2018 the community has come together to “celebrate everything that our kids do and sacrifice” Bolton added . The event , brought together by CYS , had a lot of Fort Jackson agencies attending where they gave out information and held fun activities such as bowling , ring tosses and bounce houses . There was even arts and crafts and a visit by a horse from the Richland County Sheriff’s mounted patrol . Planning for the event began in December , Bolton said , and has become so popular each year they see more participation . This year was the first time the Directorate of Public Works’ Environmental Division attended the fair and brought archeological samples along . Patrons were even able to purchase discounted tickets to the Palmetto Falls Water Park at the event as well as eating from numerous vendors on site . Darius Lane , Youth Sports Director , watches to ensure children are safely having fun in a bouncey house during the Child , Youth Services Family Fun Fair April 29 at Patriots Park . The best part of the event , she said , was seeing “moms or dads in uniform out here with their kids . That’s why we do it . ” Capt . James Smith with the 1 - 151 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion at McEntire Joint National Guard Base said it was important to hold events such as these because “work - life balance is incredibly important . ” Smith said for parents and children to be acknowledged by those hosting booths helps make “doing the difficult things easy to do . ” The opportunity for “these little ones to interact with each other and have fun at a nice venue , ” was one of the high points for him . He spoke moments after he and his daughter Vasiliki pet a police horse brought by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department’s mounted patrol . Fort Jackson community members listen to a briefing about what Army Community Service has to offer during the 2022 Child , Youth Services Family Fun Fair held April 29 at Patriots Park on post . “She loves animals , ” Smith said of his daughter’s joy after interacting with the animal . “She can’t get enough of it . ”
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