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'Unity of Effort' celebration slated for Saturday

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Unity of Effort, an annual summer picnic and patriotic celebration hosted by Security Services Northwest, will be held at its Fort Discovery location at 3501 Old Gardiner Road from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10.

It is open to the public and dedicated to military, law enforcement and first responders — “those who protect our way of life,” said Joe D’Amico, owner of Security Services Northwest.

“We’re here to support local, state and federal organizations — and private organizations — who all help in protecting our community and nation,” D’Amico said.

Personnel and equipment from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies will be at the celebration, including the U.S. Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team, Washington State Patrol, Washington State Parks, U.S. Border Patrol, Port Angeles, Forks, Port Townsend and Makah police departments and Jefferson, Clallam, King and Kitsap county sheriff’s offices.

Other guests include Airlift Northwest, Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue, Jefferson County Fire District 5, Clallam County Fire District 3, U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps Security Forces Bangor, Loomis Armored, Peninsula Strait Shooters, Security Services Northwest with its anti-terrorism/force protection boat, Mount Olympus Detachment 897 with vintage war vehicles.

Highlights will be tours of helicopters and other first responder equipment, a P-51 Mustang fly-by by the Historic Flight Foundation and K-9 police dog demonstrations by the Port Angeles Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

Vendors include Epic Firearms, Top Notch Tactical, Fort Discovery and Costco.

A member of the U.S. Navy band opens the event with the singing of the national anthem, while the U.S. Navy chaplain will lead the opening prayer.

Live music is provided by Stardust Big Band and Blacky Sheridan.

Children may partake in several activities at the family friendly event such as the jump house, arts and crafts and the “straw toy find.”

There is no charge for current, full-time military, law enforcement and firefighter personnel to attend. A $20 donation per adult is suggested for the general public, while children 17 and younger are admitted free. Money goes to the Special Operation Warrior Foundation, which supports the families of wounded and fallen special operations forces.

KONP will broadcast from the Unity of Effort celebration from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Parking at Fort Discovery is limited and guests are encouraged to use the free shuttle provided by 7 Cedars Casino. The shuttle departs from the casino’s upper parking lot and leaves hourly starting at 10:30 a.m. The last shuttle leaves the casino at 4:30 p.m. Return shuttles from Fort Discovery are every hour, beginning at noon. The final shuttle departs at 6 p.m.

RSVPs are requested but are not required. To reserve a spot or for more information, contact Jennifer Scott at 877-876-4750 or e-mail jen@ssnwhq.com.

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