Fort Carson Celebrates Independence On July 3rd

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With celebrations going on all over Colorado, Independence Day can be especially difficult for families who are apart from loved ones fighting for freedom overseas.

Fort Carson's firework show was where one mother celebrated with her 2-year-old daughter while her husband is deployed overseas.

Precious Anne Smith is not only a mother; she’s a Senior Airman, and the wife of a deployed Staff Sergeant.

Smith’s husband was deployed to Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan last month. For this family it is their first Fourth of July apart. Smith said being a part of the military gives this holiday so much more meaning.

“Celebrating Independence Day without him it's tough, but he's over there fighting and helping out and supporting OIF (Operation Iraqi Freedom) so it's good," Smith said.

Smith and her daughter went to Fort Carson to enjoy the fourth annual Independence Day celebration. Taking part in the family friendly activities, she continuously thinks about her husband abroad.

"Should be exciting but emotional as well, I'll be thinking him," Smith said.

And as if on cue, her husband calls to check in.

"You doing OK? What did you do to celebrate the Fourth of July," Smith asked.

But even being apart from her husband, Smith was happy knowing she was surrounded by other families going through the same thing.

"Everybody's here, you know, as a family celebrating this, even though other families, they're deployed, but yes it is very comforting," Smith said.

Fort Carson officials knew this was a popular event and was prepared to host anywhere from 5,000 to 8,000 people. Officials also said they host this event every year on July 3 instead of July 4, allowing everyone to enjoy the festivities on post, and the actual holiday at home or elsewhere.

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