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November 11, 2014

Remembering why we have Veterans Day

There's no doubt in my mind, Thomas W. Brunker, Jr. would not have any difficulty explaining the meaning of Veteran's Day long before Wikipedia made it easy - if you were really interested. My father was called to be with the Lord on May 26, 1981. It was the day after Memorial Day that year and Maria and I were p ...more

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January 05, 2014

I was the other 42

A very special friend of the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA, Jerry Coleman, the legendary broadcaster for the San Diego Padres often called himself "the other number 42" for the New York Yankees when Jackie Robinson wore number 42 for the Brooklyn Dodgers. It was in January of 1997 when the San Diego Padres built t ...more

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December 05, 2013

Soul and Inspiration - Nelson Mandela

He lived as 'A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.'~Jackie RobinsonThe Jackie Robinson Family YMCA joins a mourning global community after the transition of Nelson Mandela. There can be no greater loss than that of a loved one. The impact "Madiba" had on his nation and the world might have m ...more

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