Fort Knox, Kentucky - Fort Knox celebrated the nation’s 245 years of independence with a Fourth of July Celebration kicking and a Salute to the Nation ceremony on Brooks Parade Field here starting at 6 p.m.
The celebration featured bounce houses, family activities and live music from the First Armored Division Band and Casey and Romy.
The Salute to the Nation ceremony included the traditional firing of 51 cannon rounds – one for each state and one for the six U.S. territories.
During the ceremony, Maj. Gen. John R. Evans Jr., commanding general of U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox, addressed the attendees.
“It’s nice to finally be able to get out here and shake off the dust of COVID, and get together again and socialize," said Evans. “It was 245 years ago when our founding fathers proclaimed that all men are created equal, and they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. Among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
"You are the people that protect that promise to America. I want to thank you for the sake of my family, from the bottom of my heart for what it is you do.”
The day’s activities culminated with a fireworks spectacular at 10 p.m., courtesy of Fort Knox’s Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
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