40th Annual Fourth of July Spectacular: Patriotic spirit is alive, well

| July 7, 2011 | 0 Comments
A skydiver with Skydive Hawaii makes a patriotic entrance onto Weyand Field, Schofield Barracks, Monday, with a giant American flag in tow. Three skydivers jumped from an altitude of 6,000 feet and left the crowd in awe. The trio landed safely in their designated landing zone. (Vanessa Lynch | Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

A skydiver with Skydive Hawaii makes a patriotic entrance onto Weyand Field, Schofield Barracks, Monday, with a giant American flag in tow. Three skydivers jumped from an altitude of 6,000 feet and left the crowd in awe. The trio landed safely in their designated landing zone. (Vanessa Lynch | Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

Vanessa Lynch
News Editor

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Blue skies and summer temperatures painted the scene for a picture-perfect, 40th Annual Fourth of July Spectacular, here, Monday.

Soldiers, families and community members donned their best red, white and blue attire and converged on Weyand, Sills and Desiderio fields, here, in celebration the nation’s 235th birthday.

The day was packed with food, music, rides and the patriotic spirit. Keiki enjoyed pony rides, a petting zoo and getting their faces painted, while big kids reveled in entertainment from the local music scene, as well as midway rides and games put on by unit family readiness groups.

“Events like this lift our spirits and get us out the house,” said Tammy Carter, who brought her two sons Kadin, 3, and Wyatt, 2, out to enjoy what Schofield Barracks had to offer.

Her husband, Sgt. Zachory Carter, has recently deployed with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.

Attendees to the event, which was organized by the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, were treated to entertainment and music from several acts, including the 25th ID Configurations Jazz Combo, Nesian N.I.N.E., Rebel Souljahz, Flux Capacitor and Natural Vibrations.

Almost 25,000 Soldiers, families and community members converge on Schofield Barracks, Monday, to celebrate the nation’s 235th birthday with the 40th Annual Fourth of July Spectacular, a daylong bash complete with music, games and rides. (Courtesy of 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Almost 25,000 Soldiers, families and community members converge on Schofield Barracks, Monday, to celebrate the nation’s 235th birthday with the 40th Annual Fourth of July Spectacular, a daylong bash complete with music, games and rides. (Courtesy of 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Kicking off the day’s events was a 5K run, which boasted 226 adults, as well as a children’s “1-Mile Fun Run,” which featured 150 participants.

The 13th Military Police Detachment, 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th Theater Sustainment Command’s working dogs dazzled the crowd with a demonstration.

Skydive Hawaii’s parachute jump and an aerial show made spectators “ohh” and “ahh,” as the trio landed on Sills Field with a giant American flag in tow.

“We are allowed to do this today, because … we have Soldiers in harm’s way from (25th Infantry Division) and from all over U.S. Army-Pacific,” said Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, commander, USARPAC, during a Fourth of July reception at the Nehelani Conference Center, here.

“As the 45th Sustainment (Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command) and our (25th Combat Aviation Bde., 25th ID) prepare for another rotation, I asked that you keep them in your hearts and minds,” he said.

The evening brought a 50-state patriotic salute, with cannons firing and a professional fireworks display illuminating the night sky.

As fireworks boomed overhead, the 25th ID Home Front Brass Band and Harrison High School capped off the evening with a concert.

See more photos from this event at www.flickr.com/usaghawaii or www.flickr.com/25th_infantry_division.

(Editor’s Note: Russell Dodson, USARPAC Public Affairs, contributed content to this article.)

 

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