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Fourth of July on Fort Leonard Wood to include fireworks, Soldier Show
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (July 3, 2010) — Post personnel want civilians as well as military personnel to turn out tomorrow for the largest fireworks show in the Pulaski County area.

Held each year on July 4, the fireworks show on Gammon Field is held about dusk at 9:30 p.m. but is preceded by hours of other events. This year, on-post activities begin at 3 p.m. and lead up to a major live music and stage presentation, the Army Soldier Show, which starts at 7:30 p.m.

The performance and fireworks are free, as are many of the other activities, according to Meghan O’Donoghue of the post’s Directorate of Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

“It has been said we had lots of stuff for the kids 12 and under but we didn’t really have anything for the teens,” O’Donoghue said. “In order to combat that, we have a teen tent. It will be the only air-conditioned tent on the field and you have to be in 6th to 12th grade to use it.”

Other activities include a magician, bounce houses and other activities for younger children, and a traveling POW camp display.

The children’s games have a $5 armband for unlimited participation, but most other items are free including the POW museum.

“We will have a traveling museum, which is a big bus you can go into… for those of you who don’t know, we did have a POW camp here at Fort Leonard Wood during World War II here at Big Piney Golf Course,” O’Donoghue said.

This year’s theme for the Soldier Show, which is an annual event put on by soldiers who are selected for one year of performance due to their performance or production skills, is social media networking.

“It follows the social media phenomenon, lots of video, lots of music,” O’Donoghue said. “I have been told by several people to include some of our commander that they have seen it elsewhere and it is one of the best ones they have seen yet.”

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