East Texans gathered out on the square in downtown Tyler on Saturday to say thank you to Veterans and first responders for their service.

The Empowerment CDC and Festival committee came up with the idea for the community wide event designed around showing appreciation for the selfless service of men and women in uniform.

Families spent the afternoon at T.B. Butler Square playing games, enjoying food, and interacting with vendors.. Awards were also given to officers and Veterans for their service.