A group of servicemen try to “catch the big one” during the annual American Heroes Day on Friday.

Almost 100 veterans and active military personnel from all branches of the service, including a pair of World War II veterans who served with Gen. George Patton, made their way to the Cove on Friday, enjoying a day of camaraderie and friendly competition in the annual American Heroes Day hosted by Ward Burton.

Almost 20 National Guardsmen were on hand to volunteer their services as well, according to Sue Adams, office manager for the Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation, which puts on the event.

Doug Ford reports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at dford@gazettevirginian.com.