Servicemembers in Europe celebrate July 4 with car crushing and carnivals
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: July 4, 2019
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Being separated from the U.S. by thousands of miles didn’t stop servicemembers in Europe from showing their patriotic spirit this Independence Day.
At military bases in Germany and the U.K., American troops and their families celebrated with large base-wide parties and plans for evening fireworks.
In Grafenwoehr, soldiers hosted a car and motorcycle show, featuring racing games and a fund-raising event where visitors could smash an old Ford Focus with a sledgehammer.
At Ramstein, families enjoyed carnival rides and a concert.
In England, servicemembers and their families warmed up for the Fourth of July festivities by participating in the Freedom Run at RAF Lakenheath.
Sgt. Maj. Micheal Sutterfield, the sergeant major of U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria, hits a Ford Focus with a sledgehammer during an Independence Day celebration at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Thursday, July 4, 2019.
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