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San Diego's military saluted at Fleet Week bash

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - If you were down by the embarcadero Saturday you may have noticed a lot of activity. 

In honor of Fleet Week, an event called the Big Bay Bash was being held to salute San Diego's military.

In a city where our military can be seen just about anywhere, it's no wonder San Diego's Fleet Week actually lasts for months.

It started back in September and continues through November. But Saturday, for the first time ever, a Fleet Week event that caters to both military families and the public was held at the Broadway Pier.

Former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders helped organize the free event, filled with music, games for the kids, a tour of the United States Coast Guard's Stratton, and a live raffle.

"This is important for families, and the families are the ones that miss their loved ones when they're overseas, so this gives them a great opportunity to just come down and enjoy a day on the bay," he said.

During last year's government shutdown, San Diego was the only city in the country to have a Fleet Week, although it was a scaled down version.

This year, organizers wanted to make it better than ever, especially for our service men and women. So, the first 500 military to attend the Big Bay Bash were also given free access to to USS Midway.

James Riley is 92-years-old. The Air Force veteran fought in World War II. In his free time, he volunteers on the Midway. But Saturday, he was off and touring the ship with his son, a Navy veteran.

"I'm thinking about the 100,000 other guys that were there, that's who we should really thank," Riley said.

Both say they appreciate Fleet Week, especially because it gives the public a better understanding of the military and their sacrifice.

"I think it's good to educate people and think there are a number of areas where that's happening. I think it's great to honor the veterans and have them be able to come in and participate," son, James Riley Jr. said.

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