DUCK KEY, Florida Keys — Military, fire rescue, police and medical personnel are to be honored as part of an annual Heroes Salute Tribute Weekend held Friday through Sunday, Sept. 1-3, at Hawks Cay Resort, Villas and Marina, 61 Hawks Cay Blvd. on Duck Key. Highlights of the "heroes in action" Labor Day weekend event, presented in partnership with Firehouse Subs restaurant franchise, include a Friday family fun night with food, games and a movie under the stars. The event is free and open to the public.
An 8 a.m. Heroes Salute 5k Run/Walk is planned Saturday, Sept. 2, to start and finish at the recently opened Angler and Ale restaurant at the resort's marina. The early registration fee is $25, increasing to $30 after 4 p.m. the night before and day of the race. The first 200 registrants receive a race medal, T-shirt and cold post-race beer. Register at themeruns.com/heroes-salute/.
From 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the marina, a mini touch-a-truck event is to give kids and adults a chance to view vehicles and life-saving equipment used by everyday heroes of the fire department, police and more.
Saturday evening features a ceremonial lighting of the fire pit with a photographic video tribute at sunset to honor fallen heroes and those formerly and currently in action.
Sunday from 6-9 p.m. a festive American-style barbecue is to feature a live music performance by Keys tropical rock musician Howard Livingston and his Mile Marker 24 band, with a fireworks show at 10 p.m.
The event is open to the public and tickets are available for advance purchase and cover admission to the evening events. Prices are $25.95 for adults, $13 for kids age 4-12 and free for children age 3 and under. Accommodations at several Marathon-area hotels, inns and lodging properties are available during the Labor Day weekend in addition to specially priced guestroom rates at Hawks Cay Resort.
Heroes Salute also includes value-added offers such as specially priced rooms and recreational programs at Hawks Cay Resort between Aug. 13 and Dec. 23, 2017.
Hawks Cay Resort partners with Firehouse Subs restaurant franchise to donate a portion of proceeds to the chain's primary charity, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.
Event information: floridakeysheroes.com
Marathon visitor information: fla-keys.com/marathon or