Walleyes for Warriors at Veterans Memorial Park Sunday

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BAY CITY (WJRT) - (6/18/17) - It's a heartwarming way to honor our veterans - and have a little fun while doing it! The Walleyes for Warriors is kicking off at the Saginaw Bay!

Boats are expected to hit the downtown area around 2 p.m.

"We've been doing this about six years now and it's become kind of a family thing," said Veteran James Farison.

James, his father Jeff and grandfather Larry - all U.S. Veterans not letting mother nature rain on their parade in this year's Walleye For Warriors event - a recreational day for Veterans to sit back, relax and cast some lines in Saginaw Bay.

"It's the brotherhood. I mean we all have fun, we get together and we get recognized," said Veteran Jeff Farison.

We spoke with the founder of Walleyes for Warriors Nels Larsen on ABC12 News Sunday Morning. The boaters, many of which are veterans themselves, give up their time, gas and of course their boats for the day.

"We have about 130 boats and about 300 veterans that we're going to take out fishing today," Larsen said.

As for the fishing, event organizers clean the fresh catches for the vets and then are able to take them home.

"It's always better to be out here on the water - whether its wet or whether its sunny out. It's just nice to be outside and be doing something and being with all the veterans," James said.

The annual recreational event is meant to thank veterans for their service and welcome them home.

"It's extra special for people my age because when we came back we wasn't greeted," said Veteran Larry Farison.

This is the 7th year the event has been held.

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