The work of East Texas veterans and first responders was honored Saturday during the Thank You for Your Service Festival, presented by the Empowerment Community Development Corp.
The event, which had a country and western theme and took place on the T.B. Butler Fountain Plaza, featured music, vendors, games and other entertainment.
Event co-chairman Alan Lizarraga said the downtown square in Tyler was a great place to have an event like this.
“It’s high-visibility,” he said. “We know Tyler loves their veterans because we’re a Purple Heart City. We want to live up to that.
“It doesn’t surprise me that the community has come out in droves for veterans and first responders,” he added.