Military Appreciation ceremony draws crowd (GALLERY)

Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 12:14 PM.

 Active personnel from the 7th Special Forces also attended.

Personnel from each military branch had attended past recognition events. However, several purportedly did not attend this year due to sequestration.

Event organizer Mark Stogsdill, a retired Air Force veteran of 36 years, said the event remains successful because of volunteers and sponsors’ support.

 "We have sponsors that donate money that enables us to buy the food for this event," he said. “We never have any trouble raising money, thanks to our sponsors."

The city of Crestview was among 30 event sponsors.

Brodie Williams — among active duty U.S. Air Force troops at Hurlburt field — attended with his wife and two sons, of Crestview, and said he appreciated the effort.

"I like the community coming together, and for all of the support," he said. "This is really good for families to come to."

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