Hundreds of crosses dot the lawn at the First Presbyterian Church on Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland in preparation for Saturday's 4th annual Warrior Walk.
Each cross bears the photo and name of a service member killed in action in either Iraq or Afghanistan.
Event organizer Melissa Sanchez started the Warrior Walk four years ago to honor not only those military members who've died in the line of duty but also those wounded warriors who've returned from combat.
"I enjoy my freedom, and I just want to thank those who have served," Sanchez said.
The Warrior Walk is not a fundraiser. It's simply an opportunity for the community to give back according to Sanchez.
Participants will meet at First Presbyterian Church for a brief ceremony followed by a 2.7 mile walk around Lake Hollingsworth.
"It's a good way for your children to get involved and see that freedom is not free," Sanchez said.
The Warrior Walk will take place Saturday at 8am at First Presbyterian Church on Lake Hollingsworth Drive.
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