It wasn't the Fourth of July or Veterans Day, but sunny Saturday proved a perfect time for a flag raising.


Organized by AMVETS Post 2007, local veterans from all branches were on hand to raise the American, KIA and POW flags high above Hesperia. Firefighters from Station 304 in Hesperia, which donated the flag pole in front of Holiday Inn Express, were there to honor their country and pay respect to veterans.


"We're honored to be associated with anybody doing this," said Battalion Chief Larry LaVogue "It's really an honor being here."


Captain Dave Burkhart thanked the AMVETS for helping veterans assimilate into the community upon their return from service. The AMVETS organization helps bring to light post-traumatic stress disorder, he said.


"The returning vets have been exposed to something I can hardly imagine," Burkhart said. "It's good work they (the AMVETS) are doing."


Post 2007 Commander Larry Thompson and veterans from other local veteran organizations also were on hand including Ron Zaleski, who walked across the country barefoot to draw attention to a veteran suicide issue.