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    Fort Eustis salutes nation’s independence

    Fort Eustis salutes nation’s independence

    Photo By Master Sgt. Natasha Stannard | Cannons fire during the Salute to the Nation Ceremony at Seay Plaza on Fort Eustis,...... read more read more



    Story by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard 

    Joint Base Langley-Eustis

    FORTR EUSTIS, Va. - As citizens prepared for Independence Day cleaning their grills and organizing fireworks, U.S. Army Soldiers readied their cannons for the Salute to the Nation at Seay Plaza on Fort Eustis, Virginia, July 4, 2015.

    Before the ceremony started, a narration of the nation’s beginnings was read highlighting key events that lead to the independence of the United States such as the Declaration of Independence.

    For the second year at Fort Eustis, Soldiers from the 7th Transportation Brigade (Expeditionary) Salute Battery fired 50 cannon rounds to honor each state in the union. As the rounds fired, members of the 128th Aviation Brigade carried flags representing each state as it was announced.

    Col. William Galbraith, 733rd Mission Support Group commander, also spoke to spectators about the day’s significance and the importance of honoring America’s past.

    “It’s important to remember that all celebrations of this day are rooted in history,” said Galbraith. “[The Founding Fathers] were brave and stayed brave through the bloodshed of the coming years. Their courage created a nation built on the universal claim to humanity’s dignity on the proposition that every man, woman and child had the right to the future of freedom.”

    Galbraith also touched on the continued determination America still holds; determination that led to its independence 239 years ago.

    “Our desire for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is not a coined phrase, but a day-to-day philosophy celebrating freedom of expression, religion, speech and the right to remain always free,” said Galbraith. “I know you share with me your pride in being an American. Our country is often criticized for being the richest in the world … but the definition of rich I use quite different than a meaning of wealth. Yes, we are rich. We are rich in a multicultural heritage; we are rich in our traditions, rich in the entrepreneurial spirit, our zest for the unknown and our reach into the future.”

    In closing, the commander thanked service members for their continued sacrifice and efforts in maintaining the forefather’s vision that set the nation free.

    “They are willing to spend the Fourth of July away from their families so that we can be with ours,” said Galbraith of Service members. “So I hope each one of you takes a moment of prayer and thanks for our forefathers and Service members around the world for their dedication.”



    Date Taken: 07.04.2015
    Date Posted: 07.08.2015 15:50
    Story ID: 169422

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