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Fort Sill celebrates 238 years of American independence

FORT SILL, Okla._It's a holiday with 238 years behind it, Independence Day.

The United States Army, with all of its pride and pageantry, put on the annual Fort Sill ceremony, complete with the 77th Army band. Army officials say it's great to celebrate and have fun over the weekend, but the celebration is also a time to step back to reflect on the holiday's true meaning.

Independence Day, it's a holiday worthy of so much more than just fireworks, cookouts, and for most a day away from work.

"It is worth remembering on this Fourth of July to reflect on the time when our founding fathers proclaimed that our citizens of our 13 colonies were entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," said Colonel Christopher Spillman, Commandant of the Air Defense Artillery School.

It's a day that would not have come about without the determination of our founding fathers.

"They believed so completely and independently in the freedom that it would bring that they were willing to take up arms, and lay down their lives," said Col. Spillman.

And it's only fitting that the U.S. Army would celebrate their success.

"We are so in twined with our American history. The Army has been the bedrock of our national defense throughout its history," said Col. Spillman.

Fort Sill, and the Lawton community itself, is diverse with people from all over the country. Soldiers and civilians alike cheered as they saw their home state flag raised. It was a ceremony to celebrate the core values this nation was built on.

"Freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy and hope will continue to define the United States of America," said Col. Spillman.

Along with each of the fifty states being celebrated, America's five territories were also celebrated including Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa.


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