September 4, 2003 at 8:52 PM EST - Updated September 26 at 6:00 PM
Marines are use to saluting their commanders, but Thursday in Jacksonville it's the marines who got saluted. It's part of Jacksonville's "Salute to our Heroes." The morning started with a parade of about a dozen different marine units that marched the streets of downtown Jacksonville. Hundreds of people both young and old came out to recognize local support efforts. After parading, everyone headed to a local shopping center for some free homestyle barbecue. Marines say all the support makes serving a little easier. Colonel Oliver North was also in Jacksonville signing copies of his latest book. North also shared his views on the war in Iraq. All the days events precede a music celebration.