Albany-- If you feed them, they will come. That's a message a local funeral home has lived by for eight 4th of July holidays.
Wednesday, more than 1,000 people turned out for the J.L. Litman 4th of July cookout at the corner of Tift and Blaylock. Adults played volleyball. Kids met with clowns. But everyone got a big plate of free barbeque.
The event is a way for the funeral home to give back to the community. Owner Johnny Litman says it's all worth it.
"Just a wonderful day to celebrate our independence and we also pause to think about those guys that are not so fortunate in Iraq. They're fighting for our freedom and that's what it's all about, freedom and independence," said Litman.
Litman says the event has grown each year. People come from all over the Southwest Georgia area. The funeral home plans to continue the tradition.