The second annual "Operation Celebration" kicked off Saturday afternoon in Peabody.
Locals, as well as people from as far away as Minnesota, lined the streets in downtown Peabody to view the state's largest victory parade.
Shane Marler, Executive Director of Peabody's Main Street Association, said he was looking for a way to thank his grandfather and other veterans for the service they gave our country. He thought a simple parade would be perfect. Little did he know, that simple plan would progress into a three day veteran's festival.
"It's huge," said Shane Marler.
The festival features reenactments, exhibits, food, music, and much more. More than 1,000 people from at least 18 different states attended last years event. Marler hopes even more will turn out this year as a way to honor and thank the members of our armed forces.
"These are the men and women who served and fought... Provided us with freedoms we generally take for granted. We should thank them everyday," Marler said.
Sunday's events include a music concert and a band. Monday morning, the days kicks off at 10:00AM with a Memorial Service. Additional events will occur through out the day. All events are free of charge.
For more information on "Operation Celebration," you can visit their website at www.peabodymainstreet.com