The third-annual event was Nov. 3.
The third-annual Freedom Fest put the flag into Flagler, as the Flagler Executive Airport became the epicenter of patriotism on Nov. 3. About 7,000 people attended, with kids and their families getting a chance to see, touch and hear the technology of today and the past that keeps Americans safe from coast to coast safe.
While World War II warbirds put on a spectacular air show, not all were from the past. The Avenger Air Defense System attracted many youngsters with a chance to experience the view from its top cabin.
Also that day at the festival was Project Flag, which broke the record for the largest number of people waving an American flag in Flagler County with 781 flags in one place.
Then a ceremony commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. Servicemen and women, who were on active duty between 1955 and 1975 (regardless of where they served), traveled from as far as Orlando and Tampa to receive their lapel pins. Some children of the soldiers bonded with their fallen parents by receiving pins, posthumously honoring their parent's legacy.
"It's a unique and powerful relationship when local businesses partner with local government," Flagler Broadcasting VP and General Manager David Ayres said. "(Airport Director Roy Sieger) and the Flagler County commissioners get that, and it's a win-win for the community and local charities."