By Hank Tester

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Our nation gave thanks Friday to those who risked their lives to fight for our freedom. It was no different in Wynwood.

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“We wanted to bring awareness to young people what sacrifices veterans make,” Johann Torres said.

And while it wasn’t your traditional Veterans Day event, the respect and honor for the service members of this country was the same.

Plus, there was plenty of fun stuff at this free event for the vets.

“Once we serve. We serve for everybody,” said Richard Love. “So we want to make it what America is, a melting pot.”

Friday night all about celebrating veterans like Afghanistan and Iraq Marine Veteran Jose Silva.

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“To do Veterans Day here in Wynwood, I guess the party scene, it is different,” Silva said.

So what does a 92-year-old vet that landed in Normandy think of VetFest in Wynwood?

“It is what’s happening, these days,” World War II Veteran Charles Adderley said laughing.

“And you are right in the middle of it,” CBS4’s Hank Tester replied.

“I am part of it!” Adderley replied.

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All proceeds of VetFest 2016 will go to an organization called “Prosperity of Warriors,” which assists vets transitioning back to civilian life.