A Barbershop chorus began the festivities by singing the Star Spangled Banner. After that, Tom Brewer, who recently ran for Congress, served as the guest speaker.
“People appreciate the service of their loved ones. This gives them a chance to talk to some of us still wearing the uniform or recently out of uniform,” said Brewer, who served six tours in Afghanistan.
Wreaths were placed around American flags to honor all the troops.
“I think they appreciate a lot; they care about everybody who served for their country,” said Eileen Paine who served as a nurse in the military during World War II.
Even some from the younger generation helped organized the event. One nine-year-old boy volunteered his time by passing out programs to everyone in attendance.
“I know they are helping the country become a better place to live. So I kind of thought I was helping them back,” shared Tyson Redinger.