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Heroes to come out for picnic Saturday

Johnny Garcia and his three brothers served in different arms of the military during the Vietnam War. The experience has showed the Moffat County veteran services officer that “freedom is not free.”

“I’m proud of my country and its heritage,” Garcia said. “A lot of the symbolism of the American flag has been lost through the generations. If you ask kids what it stands for, a lot of them answer, but a lot of them look at you dumbfounded.”

It’s to glorify those who have served our country that Garcia said people should attend a Hometown Heroes Picnic on Saturday.

The event that is expected to draw hundreds of people offers free hamburgers, hot dogs, coleslaw, beans and beverages. The public is encouraged to bring a dessert to share with the community. The picnic will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. regardless of weather.

“It’s a great opportunity for the community to share fellowship and camaraderie with families who don’t know each other,” Daily Press Publisher Samantha Johnston said. “It’s to celebrate people in the service.”

The event is organized by the Daily Press but it’s the help of more than half a dozen sponsors that makes it possible.

The event is sponsored by Elks Lodge, the Lions Club, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 and its Ladies’ Auxiliary, City Market, KRAI-FM.

VFW members set up for the picnic, and the VFW Auxiliary prepares side dishes. A VFW color guard will post the nation’s colors and a list of veterans will be named.

“This is something people can show up and do and without feeling uncomfortable,” Johnston said. “They can show up and show their support.”

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