WILLIAMSPORT -- It wasn't just the music, the food or the evening's fireworks that drew dozens of people to Byron Memorial Park on Saturday.
It was zip-top bags -- 300 of them -- piled on a table in the community building.
One by one, an army of volunteers filled each gallon-size bag with powdered drinks, granola bars, peanuts, notepads and toiletries.
On a day that Americans celebrated living in the land of the free, residents of Williamsport saluted those who preserve that freedom by sending them care packages.
The effort was spearheaded by Williamsport Town Council member Tearza Knode, who thought it would be the perfect way to mark the Fourth of July.
"We are at home, with family and friends, celebrating our freedom," she said. "But many men and women aren't here today. They are far away, serving our country in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. This is a way of showing our appreciation and delivering the comforts of home, wherever they are."