1,500 celebrate Military Appreciation day

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MINOT, N.D. - The City and the Chamber of Commerce honored our military neighbors with free events throughout the city.

Community leaders served lunch from Homesteaders to more than 1,500 people.

Minot's Military Affairs Committee has hosted the event for more than a decade.

Offering free entrance to the zoo, pool, and golfing at Souris Valley Golf Course, the community got the chance to thank military personnel, their families, and veterans for their service.

"I really appreciate the mayor and the chamber of commerce putting this on. I didn't know that this was a thing that the military did. I'm brand new to the military and it's just amazing to know that the community would support us like this," said U.S. Air Force First Lt Stephanie Huang.

"It's hard to imagine what the city of Minot would be without having the base as neighbors to the north, and this is just our way to show appreciation to our friends to the north," said Randy Hauck, Military Affairs Committee.

Military appreciation day continued with free skating at Maysa Arena from 4-6.