Leesville's Memorial Cross Country Meet Continue 40 Years Later

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LEESVILLE, La. (KALB) - Saturday morning, the Leesville Rotary Club worked to keep a tradition alive that started more than 40 years ago.

Around 7:30 a.m. the club held their George C. Thompson Memorial Cross Country meet at Fort Polk’s Honor Field. The event originally started in the 1970s when former club president, George Thompson launched the initiative.

“I think that it is great that we are showing our kids and schools that organizations like rotary care,” Mario Sorce, the cross country director and rotary club member said. “We all care about what we do and the future of our people.”

Several soldiers also extended a helping hand at Saturday’s meet, including Fort Polk’s, Commanding General (CG) Patrick D. Frank.

“The Rotarians asked us to come out today, and they also asked to use this track here at Fort Polk,” Brigadier General Frank said. “[This is] a great place to have a cross country meet. We are enjoying having all of the schools out here, and we welcome them to JRTC and Fort Polk.”

Fort Polk’s Garrison Commander, Colonel Ryan Roseberry also showed up at Saturday’s event.

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