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Colorado Air National Guard F-16s support Independence Day celebrations across Colorado

Four F-16s from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, fly over Longmont, Colorado on the 4th of July in celebration of our nation's 234th birthday.

Four F-16s from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, fly over Longmont, Colorado on the 4th of July in celebration of our nation's 234th birthday.

Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. -- Four F-16s from the Colorado Air National Guard, Colorado's hometown Air, Space and Cyuberspace Force, fly over Longmont, Colorado on the 4th of July in celebration of our nation's 234th birthday.

"As Coloradans enjoyed celebrating America's Independence Day, I took a moment to remember the generations of Americans who have safeguarded our freedom," said Brig Gen William E. Hudson, commander of the Colorado Air National Guard. Today, there are more than 200,000 uniformed American men and women deployed in harm's way. I will never forget their service or the sacrifices of the families and our communities who wait for their return," he added.

President Dwight Eisenhower once observed that freedom resides in "the hearts, the actions and the spirit" of our people. Today, especially, we celebrate everything that Americans do, in both action and in spirit, to render that freedom inviolate.