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Earl Granville (left) embraces Kim Onda Atkinson.

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Mike Abda, Olyphant Councilman.

PHOTOS BY RICH COX

Last weekend in Olyphant, a red, white and blue spectacular took place in honor of Olyphant hometown hero banners. It was also a fundraiser for the borough’s Freedom Fighter statue.

There was a parade, a “battle of the bands,” a salute to veterans, a wing eating contest between police, firemen, council and the mayor.

“When we started this event, I don’t think people really thought we had a statue until we started showing it around,” said Kim Onda Atkinson, one of the main organizers. “When you see it in person, it’s just spectacular. When you look into its eyes, you feel like its staring back at you.”