More than 1,000 people walked, ran or rode down Miner Street in Arlington Heights Sunday morning to honor and assist military personnel and their families.
The 11th annual Salute Inc. Got Freedom? event included a 5K run/walk, a 10K run/walk and, new this year, a 5K for athletes with physical challenges.
Proceeds will go to Salute Inc., an organization that helps military families meet a variety of physical, monetary and emotional needs.
Arlington Heights resident Mary Beth Beiersdorf, who co-founded Salute Inc. with her husband, Will, said she was delighted with the turnout.
"It was the spirit of the Arlington Heights community that inspired us to start this, and that spirit continues to keep us going," she said.
Gov. Pat Quinn, a vocal supporter of veterans and their families, helped get the activities started.
"It's our job to take care of those who sacrifice so much for our country," he said.
The Beiersdorfs created Salute Inc. in 2003, shortly after Will returned home from active duty as a Navy reservist. During Will's time overseas, Mary Beth was struck by the financial and emotional tolls his absence took on her and her three sons.
The first event Salute Inc. organized was a fundraising run/walk held over the Memorial Day weekend, and the event has continued ever since.
For more on Salute Inc, go to saluteinc.org.