ABILENE, TX — Press Release-courtesy of Abilene Zoo

ABILENE, TEXAS- The Abilene Zoo along with H-E-B Helping Hands will honor active and retired military families with a free day of food and fun on Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Zoolute to Dyess is an annual event that coincides with National Armed Forces Day, a holiday when people all over the country pay tribute to men and women who serve the U.S. Armed Forces.

Dyess AFB leaders and other local dignitaries will be present for the 9 a.m. opening ceremony featuring Colonel Brandon Parker, Dyess Air Force Base 7th Bomb Wing Commander. The ceremony will also include the singing of the national anthem by Bryson Rule with Hardin Simmons University and presentation of the colors by Dyess Air Force Base Honor Guard.

Military families will be admitted free with the presentation of a military ID. A free lunch and snacks will be served from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., or until supplies run out. All children are invited to bounce in an air castle, listen to keeper talks and enjoy live music throughout the day while exploring the zoo.

American and Texas flags will be given away by raffle compliments of U.S. Congressman Jodey Arrington and Texas State Representative Stan Lambert.

Sponsors for the event include presenting sponsor H-E-B Helping Hands, Dr. and Mrs. Bill Haynes, and the ReMax Russell-Rose Team.