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Thursday, 11 July 2013
Soldiers fire the cannons for the Salute of the Nation. One cannon was fired for each state after the name was read off.
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“Let our light of freedom shine brightly in this world and long may our flag fly over the land of the free and the home of the brave,” said Chap. (Col.) Gary Brown, installation chaplain, during the opening prayer for the Indepdence Day celebration.

Independence Day was celebrated on the fort with numerous free activities by Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, the U.S. Army Soldier Show, brought in by the Installation Management Command, and the area’s largest fireworks display.

The day started off with a “These Colors Don’t Run” 5k/10k color run at 7 a.m. with more than 1,600 participants, a record number for FMWR, officials said.

The festivities kicked off with a car show, games and activities, and many food vendors to choose from.

Brig. Gen. Mark Spindler, U.S. Army Military Police School commandant, conducted a reenlistment ceremony for Staff Sg. Jason Jinks, drill sergeant, who chose this special day to reenlist.

The Army Family Covenant was resigned by Maj. Gen. Leslie Smith, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, Command Sgt. Maj. Terrence Murphy, MSCoE command sergeant major, Col. William Pfeffer, garrison commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Jerry Faulk, garrison command sergeant major.

    Smith said that this event was the result of a lot of hard work by FMWR and a lot of other people and offered them a round of applause in appreciation.

    “It’s appropriate to know why we’re here today — to know what it means as a nation, as a people, and as an individual — the Fourth of July is a day to celebrate our way of life,” Smith said. “Millions of Americans have fought and died around the world so that the future generations can live and prosper ... So it’s time to honor their lives and be thankful for those men and women that have celebrated in secured operatives today.

    “The Soldier Show is our way of honoring those who have served before us and saying a big thanks to you, our civilian employees, our Soldiers, our Sailors, our Airmen, our Marines, and the men and women in uniform today,” Smith said.

    The festivities continued on with a salute to the nation, followed by the U.S. Army Soldier Show and concluded with the area’s largest fireworks display, which were paid for using recycling dollars.

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