Superheroes young and old came out to Tanger Rehoboth on July 6 to meet hometown heroes.

A superheroes-themed event celebrated members of the Delaware State Police and the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 850. Fans gathered at Tanger Seaside’s renovated courtyard and interactive splash fountain to listen to music and meet with first responders.

The Delaware State Police displays included a K-9 unit demonstration, a motorcycle unit, free badges and backpacks for children. VVA Chapter 850 was on hand showcasing a canine hero that is in training to assist a disabled Veteran. Cash, a black labrador, and his handler explained to children and families how a service dog behaves, and the special skills required to make the dog a good service companion. Joining them was a new recruit, a 9-week-old yellow lab named Sergeant Bob who is just beginning his assistance training.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s DuPont Nature Center showcased interactive exhibits featuring live horseshoe crabs and other creatures designed to connect people with the Delaware Bay’s natural history and ecology. Families also learned about DNREC’s “Take A Kid Fishing!” program, which offers free fishing lessons for children and young teens.

Families can register for this free program by emailing mary.rivera@state.de.us.