2014 Celebrate Freedom Foundation
Festival & Concert, June 11

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Napalm Explodes behind Cobra Attack Helicopter

Napalm explodes behind a Cobra Attack Helicopter hovering in front of thousands of spectators at an air and ground show at McEntire Army and Air National Guard Base in 2009. (Photo by WSM)

Maggie, Celebrate Freedom Foundation's Cobra Helicopter

Maggie flies over the tree tops and performs a flyover as thousands below cheer at 2012 Celebrate Freedom Festival in Finlay Park, Columbia, S.C. (Photo by WSM)

U.S. Army Demonstration Team Cobra Helicopter

A U.S. Army Demonstration Team Cobra Helicopter roars past thousands of spectators attending an air and ground show at McEntire Army and Air National Guard Base in 2009.  (Photo by WSM)

Black Hawk Helicopter Hovers

As thousands of spectators attending the 2009 Air and Ground Show at McEntire Army and Air National Guard Base, a Black Hawk Helicopter hovers as the pilot demonstrates the aircraft's maneuverability.  (Photo by WSM)

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2014 Celebrate Freedom Foundation Festival & Concert Honors U.S. Army Special Forces on June 11

By Stuart Morgan

 

Columbia, S.C.—The 2014 Celebrate Freedom Foundation Festival & Concert, featuring the S.C. Philharmonic, hosted a patriotic show to honor the U.S. Army Special Forces — the Green Berets — at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 11 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Music Director Morihiko Nakahara welcomed members of the U.S. Army Special Forces and others attending the performance with the Ballad of the Green Berets. A program of patriotic favorites followed — from the Americana of Francis Scott Key’s The Star Spangled Banner and John Phillip Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever to John Williams’ Hymn to the Fallen from the movie, Saving Private Ryan.  The program concluded with a special rendition of the Ballad of the Green Berets. (See entire program here)

The 2014 CFF Festival & Concert was held the same week that approximately 1,000 members of the U.S. Army’s Special Forces attendied the U.S. Army Special Forces Association’s 50th Annual Convention in Columbia. The convention, much of which was open the public, was held from June 9 to 15 at the Marriott downtown and at Embassy Suites nearby on Greystone Boulevard in Columbia.

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