More than one thousand veterans take over the Erie Zoo.
It's all part of an event giving thanks to these men and women for their service. It's the 6th Annual "Welcome Home" event for veterans hosted by the Erie VA Hospital and the Erie Zoo. For one night only, the entire zoo is rented out for veterans and their families to enjoy. Dozens of organizations also attended offering information on their services.
"Often getting out of the military, it can be difficult for them to transition to civilian life. So today, a number of organizations have services to help that transition, to really be that family they had in the military now in civilian life," said Sarah Gudgeon, public affairs officer at Erie VA Medical Center.