REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Redstone Arsenal gave its military connected children one last big thank you May 1, ending the 2010 Month of the Military Child.

Approximately 1,100 parents and children filled Youth Center Road between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. participating in a variety of activities at the annual block party, which included free food and drink, dancing, demonstrations, a rock wall climb, face painting and parade.

"We had a great time, and parents and children alike praised the event," said Andre Terry, chief of Child Youth and School Services. "This festivity is the culminating event of the Month of the Military Child events."

Despite the threat of severe weather and the altogether cancellation of the event, even the sunshine managed to make an appearance to say thank you to the kids. Garrison commander Col. Bob Pastorelli noted the importance of the show being able to go on.

"This event culminates what we've been doing all last month," Pastorelli said. "Today has to go on because the kids deserve it. Our children, they sacrifice just like our parents, grandparents, moms and dads do. We respect them. We honor them. They're so precious we think we should pause and take note. We're grateful and so blessed to have our children here."

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