A few weeks ago, I mentioned the USS Theodore Roosevelt and I wondered how they were celebrating the founding of our great nation. I will share with you what I found as the last thing on this post.
But first, let me wave my flag and salute all of those brave men and women who have made sacrifices beyond what we will ever know — and who have stepped up and continued to serve our great country. Thank you … such small words … for the great deeds you have done. Thank you for keeping us safe. Thank you for keeping us free!
From Rota, Spain:
ROTA, Spain (NNS) — Service members assigned to Commander, U.S. Naval Activities Spain gathered around the flagpole to raise the American flag during the annual flag-raising ceremony July 2.
More than 800 service members, civilians, families and guests joined together for the special occasion, traditionally held just once a year. Located on a Spanish naval base, the American flag can only be raised with special permission from the Spanish base commanding officer.
“It’s a rare moment like this where we can all come together and watch the raising of an iconic symbol that has united our fellow Americans for generations,” said Capt. Greg Pekari, commander, U.S. Naval Activities Spain. “Having our Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Soldiers from our 35-plus tenant commands, from our family, having them gathered together in front Building 1 and seeing our American flag wave proudly overhead, makes this event very poignant and special.”
Pekari spoke of the “melting pot” that makes up America and has given us freedom for 239 years. “Two hundred thirty-nine years ago this Saturday, America was born on a unique notion that all men are created equal. When the rest of the world had long ago dismissed that idea, our forefathers, in crafting our Constitution, knew that the principal of diversity would be our advantage,” he said.
The flag will stay hoisted through Monday before it will be taken down until another approved event or Fourth of July.
“When we look upon our stars and stripes, we are reminded of what it means to be an American. We are reminded of our nation’s commitment to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” Pekari said.
Happy and Safe 4th, Everyone!!