Salute to heroes

It was a special salute to the military, veterans, firefighters and emergency medical services personnel in Spring Lake Park.

The Kraus-Hartig VFW Post 6587 Color Guard from Spring Lake Park in the processional.

The Kraus-Hartig VFW Post 6587 Color Guard from Spring Lake Park in the processional.

The annual Patriot’s Day Honor the Heroes event took place at Spring Lake Park High School Sept. 20.

In its 11th year, Honor the Heroes began in 2002 as a response to the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., on Sept. 11, 2001.

All active or retired military personnel are honored each year for their selfless service and sacrifice to keep American’s citizens free and safe.

Last Thursday’s salute included the parade of colors, patriotic music and the American Heritage Pipe and Drum Corps, speakers and a remembrance ceremony for both prisoners of war and those missing in action.

Fireworks wrapped up the program, which took place at the high school’s athletic stadium.

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