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     Law enforcers from across the state and nation have been invited to Branson for a week long event to honor those who put their lives on the line for the public.
    The inaugural event, which will begin on June 13th, is touted as Branson/Lakes Area Salutes America’s Hometown Heroes.  The event will honor police, sheriff’s personnel, highway patrolmen and military police.
    The opening ceremony for the event will be held at the Branson Landing.   Events like an golf tournament, ice cream social, patch and coin exchange and various competitions are planned throughout the week.  Officers will also be able to take some training classes too, according to the event website.
    “We wanted to bring as many law enforcement families to the area as possible and offer them no-cost and low-cost activities, said event coordinator Laurie Hayes.
Hayes says two of the events garnering a lot of attention are the golf tournament and a 5k run that will be held in Hollister.
On June 17th golfers will take to the links at Pointe Royale Golf Course and the 5k run will be held at Chad A. Fuqua Memorial Park on June 21st.
Representative Don Phillips, who is a retired Missouri State Trooper, is one of those responsible for the vision of the event, according to Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader.
   Hayes says organizers are pleased with the response they've gotten for the inaugural event. Some of the events have over 100 people registered.  "We did some research and there really aren't any national events for law enforcement.
"I think it's awesome that they are doing all this for law enforcement and their families so they can get away and enjoy each other, said Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader. 
Rader and Stone County Deputy Melissa Riggins were included in a Public Service Announcement filmed with Branson entertainer Clay Cooper.
Riggins says she still can't believe that she was used for the PSA.  "I'm excited that law enforcement is getting some recognition.  We deal with so much negativity day in and day out that it's nice that the community is coming together to celebrate what we do.  It means a lot to us."
    For more information about the event go to bransonsalutes.com.

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