By Spc. Michael Adams, 3rd Infantry Division Public AffairsJuly 9, 2009
FORT STEWART, Ga. - The performers for the show were two chart-topping artists who have sold out arenas all over the country and have fans all over the world. The show wasn't in New York or Los Angeles; it was right here at Fort Stewart.
Country music star Trace Adkins and R&B singer Ashanti defied the humid Georgia heat to perform at Fort Stewart in honor of America's birthday, July 3 at Donovan Field. The event also had rides, food, an area for concert-goers to launch fireworks and food vendors.
"Military members are the most appreciative audience you'll perform for," said country Music star Trace Adkins. "I always jump at the chance to do it, whether it's a USO event or on bases. It's one of the best crowds you'll perform for."
The audiences cheered and yelled as both Ashanti and Trace Adkins performed for their fans. Both performers thanked the troops and their Families for what they do and their service to America. Both performers have histories of performing not only for stateside servicemembers but have performed for overseas servicemembers also.
One Soldier, Sgt. Anthony Clark, a transportation specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, was celebrating his first 4th of July celebration in America in ten years. Prior to this holiday, he was either overseas or deployed.
"I'm proud to be here celebrating this holiday with all of my fellow Soldiers," he added.
Despite the good time he had listening to Adkins, watching the fireworks and having a good time with his comrades, he understood the importance of the holiday and what it means.
"We're celebrating our independence, and all of the American troops here are protecting our freedom," Sgt. Clark added. "I couldn't be any prouder of the red, white and blue. It's all about freedom that we get to live. It's a feeling you can't describe."
Adkins also described his pride for America and the men and women who protect it.
"It's important for me to be able to say thanks to the folks who are doing the heavy lifting," he said. "As long as people are serving on my behalf, I feel it's incumbent upon me to show appreciation (to those defending our country)."