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Estacada Community Watch hosts march in honor of first responders and barbeque with activities for children

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - The Back the Blue march, organized by Estacada Community Watch, makes its way downtown on Saturday, Aug. 29.

Participants in an event hosted by Estacada Community Watch honored first responders and enjoyed a barbeque with games.

The Back the Blue march began at Estacada High School on Saturday, Aug. 29, and made its way downtown. Several hundred attendees walked, drove and rode on horseback, chanting "back the blue," "God bless America," "support your police" and "blue lives matter." Many waved American flags, thin blue line flags and flags in support of President Donald Trump. One vehicle played patriotic songs during the drive, such as "God Bless the U.S.A."

Once the march reached the Estacada Veterans Memorial, there was a ceremony honoring first responders. Though the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office was unable to attend, awards were presented to Clackamas Fire and the Gresham Police Department by Estacada City Council President Katy Dunsmuir.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Lesa and Amber Haggstrom participated in Estacada Community Watch's Back the Blue march on horseback.

"On behalf of the city of Estacada, we thank you for your service and protecting us," said Joel Litkie, founder of Estacada Community Watch and a candidate for City Council in the November election.

Additionally, members of the Estacada Area Support Our Troops Foundation donated two bricks on the Veterans Memorial to Clackamas Fire and Gresham Police.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - A photobooth was one of several activities for families during the recent Back the Blue march and barbeque.

"All first responders are heroes to me, and I thank you for what you do," Estacada Area Support Our Troops Foundation President Dennis Dahrens said. "Please know that Estacada is a proud town, and the proud citizens have your back."

After the ceremony came to a close, participants enjoyed a barbeque with games and activities, including a photo booth, pie throwing, a dunk tank and coloring.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - The Back the Blue gathering on Saturday, Aug. 29, ended with a barbeque.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - During an event on Saturday, Aug. 29, leaders from Estacada Community Watch, the Estacada Support Our Troops Foundation and the city of Estacada thanked first responders for their service.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Participants in a recent event honoring first responders marched from Estacada High School to the Veterans Memorial.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Members of Clackamas Fire were honored for their service during an event hosted by Estacada Community Watch on Saturday, Aug. 29.

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