Military, fire and rescue, police and medical personnel are to be honored during an annual Heroes Welcome Tribute Weekend set for Friday through Sunday, Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, at Hawks Cay Resort on Duck Key in the Florida Keys.
Highlights of the “heroes in action” Labor Day weekend event include a family fun night on Friday, Aug. 30, with a Touch-a-Truck event, food, games and a movie. Set for 5:30-10 p.m., the event is free and open to the public.
Saturday, an early morning 5k Heroes Welcome Run/Walk is planned followed by a post-race party, an evening cookout and ceremonial lighting of the fire pit with a photographic video tribute at sunset to honor fallen heroes and those formerly and currently in action. A participation fee applies for the 5k and cookout events.
The weekend continues Sunday in true American style with a barbecue, live music performance by country music and television star Daniel Lee Martin and fireworks show to conclude the evening.
Tickets for the All-American barbecue are available for advance purchase and cover admission to the evening events. Prices are $25.95 per adult, $13 for children ages 4-12 and free for children age 3 and under.
Hawks Cay Resort’s annual Heroes Welcome program features specially priced accommodations and activity discounts between Aug. 19 and Nov. 26, for current and former military, fire and rescue, law enforcement and medical personnel.
“We are honored to host these American heroes,” said Sheldon Suga, the resort’s managing director.“We feel it is important to show our respect in any way we can.”
Each year Hawks Cay partners with fastcasual restaurant franchise Firehouse Subs to donate a portion of proceeds to the chain’s primary charity, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.
Civilians can receive a special 20 percent discount on best-available room rates by making a donation of $2 or more to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.
Accommodations at several other Marathon-area hotels, inns and lodging properties also are available.
For event information visit <www.FloridaKeysHeroes.com> or call 1- 888-313-5749. For Marathon visitor information visit www.fla-keys.com/marathon or call 1-800-262-7284.