West Michigan gymnastics team honors local veterans

Posted at 7:35 AM, Jan 15, 2017

LOWELL, Mich.— Young gymnasts and members of our military came together for a very special event Saturday.

The Lowell gymnastics team held it's third annual salute and tribute to our men and women who have served or are currently serving.

Dozens of gymnasts and military members filled Lowell High School.

Each teammate wore a custom leotard with the name of who they were honoring, and a patch of the military branch in which they served.

Dozens of veterans attended, the oldest of them 91-year-old Staff Sergeant, Joe J. Benak, who served from 1943-1947 in WWII.

Benak said the whole event was a gratifying experience.

Many of the athletes say this is their favorite meet of the year.

Coaches say they plan to keep it going in the future.