MELBOURNE — Every day, our law enforcement, military and first responders answer the call of duty to keep us safe in our homes or out in public.

Melbourne Square is saluting our local men and women who serve our community with the return of its seventh annual “Hometown Heroes Celebration.”

This free mall-wide event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 1 at 1700 W. New Haven Ave., Melbourne.

Families can meet the people who dedicate their lives to our well-being and participate in a variety of fun activities hosted by different agencies.

Melbourne Square will have outdoor attractions as well as indoor booths with 20-plus agencies representing the county’s hardworking heroes.

Other activities scheduled will include safety demonstrations that feature injury prevention education, K-9 demonstrations, marine dive teams, bomb response unit, touch-a-truck and more.

Outside in the parking lot, food trucks will be available and a visit from One Blood will offer a blood drive.

The event will close with a lighted police vehicle parade inside the mall, sponsored by Chick-Fil-A.

Radio station 98.5 “The Beach” will be collecting school supplies in the north parking lot of the mall. Supplies will benefit two Title I schools in Brevard County that supports 800 children from low-income families.

The Beach Landshark Beach Cruiser will stop at different Walmart locations five days a week from May 1 to July 23 from 4-5 p.m. to collect more school supplies. They will have a prize wheel to spin at their tent. Locations are listed on their website

After a year’s hiatus due to COVID, Melbourne Square officials are excited to bring this event back to the public.

“This is a way for us to give back to our local heroes,” said Alisha Kish, marketing director for Washington Prime. “They play such a vital role in our community, and it’s a way for our community to come out and support our local police and fire that’s not an emergency.”

Melbourne Square thrives as a community center, Mrs. Kish said, so seeing the public be able to gather once again to enjoy a space for events in a safe environment is a good feeling.

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