FORT SILL, Ok (RNN Texoma) - An annual tradition continued on post Wednesday morning. Fort Sill celebrated Independence Day with a ceremony in front of McNair Hall.
The 77th Army Band played a selection of patriotic songs that included the Star-Spangled Banner and America The Beautiful, for the crowd to enjoy.
"It's just bringing the family and the kids out, celebrating the Fourth of July, celebrating our Independence and celebrating those that have fought for our country," said Mike Dooley.
The event is something Mike Dooley looks forward to. For the past 21 years, Dooley has volunteered to dress up as Uncle Sam!
"Coming out here and just the fun of this event. This is a great event, salute to the states and then 1812 howitzers and being the Deputy Commandant of the Artillery School, I love the cannons," said Dooley.
The ceremony also honored all fifty states with a salute from the Fort Sill Battery and chants from the crowd.
Oklahoma and Texas had the loudest ovations.
"It's just really symbolic of 242 years of our nations history and the next generation that picks up the torch and passes on. Today's soldiers are very similar to their early patriots and protecting the liberty and freedom of America," said McIntire.
Brigadier General Randall McIntire was the guest speaker. He is the Commandant for the Air Defense Artillery and the Chief of Air Defense.
McIntire spoke about those who fought for our freedom and what the Fourth of July means to him.
"Well I think it is fun to have the celebration and the fireworks. That's all part of it, but I think if you take time, just a moment to think about what it took to get to the point to do that is important," said McIntire.
After the celebration people took pictures with Uncle Sam and gave their thanks to soldiers in the 77th Army Band and the Fort Sill Salute Battery.