The American Red Cross and members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Air National Guard, the Portage Fire Department, and the Portage Police Department plus a K-9 officer will be in attendance to honor those who have served or are serving their communities.

Giving blood
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The ‘Honoring Those Who Serve’ blood drive will be July 1st from 11:00 AM to 3:45 PM at the Air Zoo in Portage with a special flag-raising ceremony beginning at 1 PM to honor those who serve.  Each branch of the military will be on site offering information and complimentary gifts to the public. Local fire and police departments will be demonstrating fire safety and bicycle safety while children will have the opportunity to see what the inside of a Portage Police Car looks like.  Everyone who comes out to donate can enter for a chance to win two (2) tickets to a Cedar Point park.  They will also receive an American Red Cross cooler while supplies last.

The American Red Cross asks blood and platelet donors to help prevent a summer shortage by making an appointment to roll up a sleeve around the Independence Day holiday.