BLAINE, Minn. - A Blaine bridal salon is giving back to military families in a way custom fit for them -- they're giving brides-to-be a wedding gown.
On Sunday, up to 100 brides will be part of the fifth annual Military Extravaganza at Angelique's Bridal Salon.
The brides will get to choose -- and take home for free -- the dress of their choice.
"They so deserve it, and I think we take our freedom for granted," said Jackie Basney, owner of Angelique's, who added that the dresses are valued at up to $2,000.
Basney said she started the bridal event five years ago in part to honor the couples' commitment to each other and their country, and in part to honor her own family's history.
"It's in honor of my dad and father-in-law. They were both in World War I and II," she said.
Meantime, Basney's gift is not taken for granted among those who serve today.
"It makes me speechless that someone cares this much about something that I chose to do," said Jodi Johnson, who will be marrying Nick Schipp in September.
Schipp and Johnson met when assigned to the same unit -- the 34th Military Police Company. Schipp just completed his third tour overseas; Johnson just completed her second.
For more information about the event and the salon, go to angeliquesbridalsalon.com.
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