COLUMBUS, Ga. – Thousands celebrated Independence Day at the National Infantry Museum’s Freedom Fest. Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Roy Ramirez enjoys bringing his two daughters to events like Freedom Fest so they can enjoy their community.
“Also see what my time in service and what this country provides so just to realize that freedom really isn’t free and the sacrifices people do day in and day out,” Ramirez said.
James Jackson, who is known as the Flag Man, also spent his day at the National Infantry Museum.
“I’m just representing all military branches of service and I just try to help the veterans as much as I possibly can,” Jackson said.
Jackson served in the U.S. Army for 26 years and will be supporting fellow veterans long after the Fourth of July holiday is over.
“Everyday as far as I’m concerned is a good day for veterans and I think we should all be treated as veterans and not talked down to,” he said.
Jackson and Ramirez both appreciate being able to celebrate America’s independence with other veterans and soldiers.
“For me being a retiree, I enjoy being around the community, being around the soldiers, active duty and retirees. We have a lot common,” Ramirez said.
He says his favorite part of the day is being able to spend it with his family.
This is the National Infantry Museum’s fourth annual Freedom Fest.