Jim James is at it again.
When the current Hesperian of the Year found out that the city of Hesperia was not holding a Fourth of July celebration he wondered what he could do to honor America. Then it hit him — Hesperia has one of the the highest number of veterans per capita in all of San Bernardino County. So he was going to do his best to feed the veterans and their families.
A month before Independence Day, James — who is the commander of American Legion Post 725 in Hesperia — shared the idea with members of his post. They agreed, so he went to the V.F.W. and AMVETS, and they agreed to join forces to host the special event.
Every organization pitched in a couple hundred dollars together for a Fourth of July party at the VFW Post 2924 in Hesperia.
The festivities began at 10 a.m. There was colored chalk for the kids to draw on the concrete and Carrows Restaurant in Hesperia donated pies, both for eating and for a spirited pie-eating contest.
There were games for the children to play throughout the day. There were information booths for the vets and a DJ playing karaoke. There was a pelt-the-officers fundraiser in which all the officers sat at a table and attendees threw water balloons, which were bought for $1 for three balloons.
The festivities wound down around 6 p.m., so the people could go see fireworks. Everyone agreed that this should become an annual event.
"With only a month to put it together information on the event was being done only by word of mouth," James said. "For only a month to prepare it was not as big as prepared for but bigger than expected. If you love your freedom, don't thank a politician. Thank the veteran who put himself in harm's way to keep you free."