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Fort Knox celebrates country’s Independence Day

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By LINDSEY CROWN

“The Army heritage is deeply hued with the blood of patriots, and embroidered with the deeds of bravery, service and sacrifice,” said drum major of the band before conducting the 51-cannon fire to salute the nation. “It is the heritage of valor and dedication to duty, honor and love of country, which brought our independence into being and preserves it to this day.”

The annual Fort Knox 4th of July ceremony, was hosted by Maj. Gen. Chris Hughes, the commanding general for U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox.

The celebration on Brooks Field included bounce houses, food vendors, live music and a firework celebration.

The festival is just delightful, said Mary Ellen Miller, who’s visiting her daughter, and son-in-law who is stationed on Fort Knox.

“I come every year,” said Jamie Berry, a veteran. “I’m just here for the fireworks. It’s always pretty good.”

Ashley and Jonah Watson came to the festival with their toddler. They stumbled upon Fort Knox while exploring a few days prior and saw there was going to be fireworks.

“We’re like well yeah why would we not go see military fireworks,” Ashley said.

Jonah had to leave the following day for Fort Polk, Louisiana, for six weeks with the National Guard. They thought the festival would be excellent Family time before his departure.

“It’s the great pride in our wonderful country,” Miller said when asked what Independence Day meant to her. “Thank you to our service men.”