Veterans who attended had the opportunity to receive many different services including flu shots, food, clothing, employment opportunities, health screenings and much more.
Bob Kelly founded the event six years ago after seeing the need many veterans have in Marion. He took the initiative to reach out to individuals and businesses of the community for donated goods, and found many willing volunteers.
Mike Pettit, a volunteer and veteran himself, was helping provide dental benefits at the event.
“(Bob Kelly) is a great guy and he is very dedicated to veterans. The reason I got so involved is because of him,” Pettit said.
Though Pettit said numbers seemed to be a little down from last year, which was at around 200, he also added that the event is all about giving back to veterans.
“A lot of veterans aren’t aware of what programs are available to them, so they can come here and in one day find out everything that’s available,” Pettit said.
Michael Boykin, a member of a U.S. Air Force engineering squad from 1979 to 1985 and participant in the event said he looks forward to the event every year.
Nolan Holloway, a grower for Red Gold, donated two truckloads of canned goods for the event. He found out about the event from his neighbor who asked him if he would be willing to donate.
It was Holloway’s first year being involved with the event.
“I’m always willing to help other people and appreciate all their time and their sacrifices, not just for me but for all of us who live in a great country,” Holloway said.