VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - A celebration was held at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Fridaynight to thank those who have died fighting to protect our freedom,and for those who continue to serve.
The United Service Organizations' (USO) 2010 Patriotic Festivalrecognizes not only what the military does for this area, but forthe rest of the world as well.
"The largest concentration of military in the word is in HamptonRoads," said Bruce LaLonde from the USO. "We are taking time to saythanks."
Many festival goers wore red, white and blue to show theirsupport.
"I don't do it for the glory," said U.S. Army Staff SergeantStephen Moses. "I do it, because I feel like it's right and Ireally do enjoy it."
Service members say this three-day event is special in so manyways.
"It's pretty touching to all the servicemen," said Marine CorpsMajor Tim Bairstow. "The way this community supports us in themilitary is fairly overwhelming."
"It just feels really great to know that people care and thatpeople take the time out to schedule this," Moses added.
And though an event like this is more about appreciation, it'salso fun at the same time.
"Seeing something like this really pushes it home," Bairstowsaid. "The folks are behind us."
A Newport News man is charged for allegedly sexually assaulting a young girl.
Police say a 19-year-old was shot Thursday evening in Newport News.
Three separate crashes on Interstate 664 occurred at the same time Thursday morning, causing headaches for motorists.