Rockford's Veterans Drop-In Center celebrated this year's Veteran's Day holiday with a 5K run on Saturday.
Dozens of veterans and military members were in uniform to cheer on the runners, who were all encouraged to wear their red, white and blue for the 3.2 mile hike. The Veterans 5K Run/Walk had a military theme running throughout the event - from a bugle sounding the start of the race, to winners receiving dog tags instead of standard race medals.
Veterans Drop-In Center Executive Director Pat Ambrose hopes the 5K Run not only raises money, but also awareness for the center located at 413 N. Court Street. The center offers a free location for veterans to drop in on weekdays, 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. A dinner is served every evening for the guests, many of which are homeless. The Veterans Drop-In Center offers several other conveniences such as haircuts, a pool table, television and lounge area, and on-site meetings and programs with on-site meetings with VA and Vet Center representatives.
For more information about the drop-in center, visit http://veteransdropincenter.com/ or contact Ambrose at 815-713-8843.
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