On Sunday, October 16, the Ranger and NW Airlifter newspapers will host another FREE event for local military...but this one is specifically for the children. A Salute to the Unsung Heroes will honor the children of military, many of whom have spent years of their young lives with an absent parent due to routine deployments.

"We feel that the children of military sacrifice so much and they really have no choice in the matter," said publisher Ken Swarner. "Its time to honor them."

This past February, Swarner and his staff hosted Operation Baby Shower to coincide with the start of the baby boom on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The highly attended event - it welcomed close 950 attendees -

"The goal is to throw a big party for these kids," he said. "And show them we appreciate what they give up."

Luckily since the event will once again be held at the St. Martin's University Pavilion, 5300 Pacific Avenue SE in Lacey, there will be enough room to accommodate the festivities. The event will feature gaming stations, free pizza and other kid-centric activities and attractions. Military ID will be required at the door for entry but there is no admission and everything inside will be free to the families and children.

Sponsors are still being recruited for the event and they are looking for kid-friendly organizations and businesses that want to come out and show their support, from food vendors to entertainers, as well as those willing to donate prizes and give-a-ways. Interested sponsors or volunteers should send an email to Swarner atpublisher@ftlewisranger.com. Remember, spots are limited and those who are donating can be at the event at no cost.

Stay tuned for updates and event signups later this summer on www.northwestmilitary.com.

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