But Air Force Appreciation Day is not a simple or small event.
In a community that doesn't officially crack 15,000 people, AFAD features approximately 2,500 patriotic citizens who walk, ride and march in the state's largest parade, 7,000 or more people who line the streets to watch the parade -- many waving tiny American flags or dressed in red-white-and-blue outfits -- and over 10,000 individuals who show up to enjoy the free barbecue, entertainment and vendors booths in Carl Miller Park at the end of the parade route.
It is an event that is almost legendary throughout the Air Force and is designed specifically to honor the men and women who serve at Mountain Home Air Force base -- as well as all the military members in all the services who bear the flag for the United States.
AFAD is held the first Saturday in September after Labor Day and in 2012 it celebrates its 52nd anniversary on Sept. 8.
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