TARPON SPRINGS — The Presbyterian Church on the Bayou in Tarpon Springs hosted a service to honor military veterans and first responders Nov. 15, as members of the American Legion Post 46 as well as several local firefighters attended the 10:30 a.m. ceremony.

According to the Rev. Lissa Bradford, the gesture started when she lived in Maine and she wanted to continue the tradition in Tarpon Springs.

“It’s such a great way to connect with the community and give thanks to people we sometimes take for granted a bit,” she said, adding she “thought it would be a nice gesture, especially this year.” The show of support was not lost on Post 46 Commander Ed Bard.

“We believe this service provides a great outreach,” Bard said. “We get to know them, and they get to know us. This is a great opportunity for the church to help veterans, especially as we get ready to move into our new headquarters.”