Zoolute to Dyess: Military and their Families Spend the Day at the Zoo

Abilene Zoo Holds Annual Zoolute to Dyess for Armed Forces Day

ABILENE, Texas (KRBC)- The Abilene Zoo's Annual Zoolute to Dyess brought in hundreds of Military and their families.

Each year, the Abilene Zoo celebrates those who serve by throwing an all day event.

Everyone with a Military ID and the family members received free admission along with a day filled with food, games, and entertainment.

"It's just one way of us saying thanks to the community and to a group, Dyess, that is so vital to the success of Abilene!" Said Executive Director, Bill Gersonde.


It was Scott Wilcox's third time attending the event with his family.

"Yeah, this is our third time, I was in the military for 22 years and I am a retired Air Force Videographer." Said Wilcox.

Although the military families got a day to spend with one another, not every day is as easy as it seems.

"You know when you deploy, life doesn't stop,  it has to continue on, you know, bills have to get paid, life does not stop." Added Wilcox.

His daughter, who is a Cooper High School Senior told KRBC that it was tough growing up without her father always there.

"It was hard, very hard, and scary." Said Mandy Wilcox.

But events like Zoolute to Dyess is one way for the families to celebrate life together.

"We does these events to honor those who serve or have served and to create a little get away from the craziness of our lives we hope we serve that purpose well." Said Gersonde.

 


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