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Annual polar plunge honoring past, current members of the armed forces to happen this weekend

Geese huddling together on the ice at Sloans Lake in Lions Park. (John Roedel, Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Cheyenne’s annual Schwartz Memorial Plunge will take place on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. at Sloan Lake at Lions Park, located on Carey Avenue at 8th Avenue.

A polar plunge is an event held in the winter months in which people jump into a body of water despite frigid temperatures.

Participants are encouraged to wear a fun costume or swimsuit. The cost for participating in the plunge is $30, but anyone can observe the event for free.

The event is named after Technical Sergeant Matthew Schwartz, who worked at F.E. Warren Air Force Base and was killed in 2012 in Afghanistan when his vehicle was hit by an explosive device.

All proceeds go toward the EOD Warrior foundation, a Florida-based nonprofit providing financial assistance and support to veterans and those in active duty.