UPDATE 10/01/2011 9:15PM
A morning run, an auction, raffle, and live entertainment all to honor Parkersburg native and Navy Seal Chief Petty Officer Nick Null. Organizers say the Saturday event wouldn't be possible without a caring community.
"The community has been outstanding. We've got tons of people donating tons of items, money," says Wesley Wingrove, one of the organizers. "Everything that we've done here today has been completely donated. So, the community has been outstanding."
The Nick Null True American Hero Memorial Benefit called thousands of people, from far and wide, to the Parkersburg Armory, where young and old were able to remember and recognize the sacrifices made by members of the Armed Forces.
Hunter Sams says since his grandfather was a veteran he's happy to be able to honor all those who have spent time serving the country.
"Those veterans that died will always be in the memory of everybody," Sams says. "Every time I see a veteran, or a Marine, or somebody, I always honor them or thank them."
That is a sentiment shared by the organizers of the memorial, who say the work to plan and hold the event is nothing compared to the sacrifices made by the families and members of the Armed Forces.
"If you see a veteran, thank a veteran. We are able to do what we do everyday because of them," Wingrove says. "As far as the work on our end, and the volunteers end, it is absolutely nothing compared to the price that they are paying. The family and nick and everybody."
The benefit will be held all day on this Saturday, October 1st.
Ceremonies will kick off with a 5K race in the morning.
Live entertainment, food, children's activities and an auction will take place from 1 -6 pm at the Parkersburg Armory on Blizzard Drive.
All proceeds from the auction will go towards funds set up in Null's name to benefit his family.