The Escondido East Rotary Club honored active military personnel and their families at the 15th Annual Military Appreciation Barbecue May 9 at Kit Carson Park in Escondido.
Over 500 community residents and military personnel attended the annual deep pit barbecue. The barbecue was free to all active military and their families. Games, prizes, auctions and entertainment were provided by Calico Ridge and the Escondido Police Department K-9 unit was also on hand.
The Orange Glen ROTC presented the colors and the highlight of the day was when community members and military personnel unfurled the American flag as presented by non-profit World Memorial.
The Escondido East Rotary Club also presented checks to groups supporting military personnel and their families. Presentations were made to Operation America Cares, Orange Glen ROTC, World Memorial, S.T.E.P. and Operation Clear Vision. Club President Ken Hamilton announced the club had donated over $20,000 to local charities in addition to the military donations.