A Veterans Day tradition continues in Clovis

FRESNO, Calif.

More than 140 golfers were out on the green for the 7th Annual Hubbard-Baro Memorial Golf Tournament at Fort Washington Country Club in Fresno.

"This tournament is one of those things that is just for us to get together and celebrate, we have a close group of friends," said close friend Austin Brock.

Jared Hubbard and Jeremiah Baro were best friends who graduated from Buchanan High School in Clovis. They both enlisted in the Marine Corps after 9/11 and were killed in action in Iraq. Both were buried on Veterans Day in 2004.

"They were such gentleman, they didn't judge anyone. They accepted everyone and they were a friend to all," said Ashley Tutuoglu, a friend of the two.

The event also honored other fallen heroes from the Valley, including Jared's younger brother, Nathan Hubbard, who died in Iraq in 2007. "The heart beats here in the Valley for all the lost that we've had and I think there's so much passion and there's so much honor today," said event coordinator, Andrea Der Manouel.

"They deserve all the honor, they make sure that we keep the freedom that we have to do the things that we like to do, like come out here and play golf," said Darrel Hyatt. Hyatt didn't know Jared or Jeremiah but was out hitting the links to lend his support. As a Vietnam War Vet, he knows first-hand the sacrifices service-members and their families have to make.

"I didn't know them but you know, that family, the two different families, they paid the ultimate price by losing a child," said Hyatt.

Retired Colonel Oliver North was a special guest to help the foundation raise money for the local VA hospital.

"This is a great thing, it's a local effort to support Veterans who would otherwise not get the kind of support that they're receiving. And of course this is a tribute to a community that has suffered grievously," said Oliver North.

Attendees say they never want to forget the heroes who served and those who continue to fight for our freedom.

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