During a moment of sweet bliss at the annual Flag City Freedom Celebration, cousins Zachary Taylor, 4, Joshua Williams, 8, Emily Williams, 12, and Zoey Taylor, 7, sneak in a quick bite of some cotton candy July 3 at Navy Lake. There grandparents Ernest and Caroline Norman were nearby with the children getting ready for the big fireworks show over the lake in honor of the nation’s 237th birthday.
The Morton, Howard and Smith families joined dozens of other car loads on Millington’s newest spot to watch the annual fireworks in honor of the Fourth of July — Veterans Parkway.
Layton Smith, 3, was able to watch the fireworks with her family and friends July 3 because of the community support that rallied just in time to save the annual Flag City Freedom Celebration.
Naval Support Activity Mid-South, in conjunction with various private enterprises in the community and the city of Millington, hosted the event at Navy Lake.
Because national budget cuts had put the fate of the event in doubt, the timely help allowed the event to be held last Wednesday on Navy installation property. The effort came from local private enterprises and the coordination efforts of the city of Millington and the NSA Mid-South Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department leading to a waiver approval from Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC).
All funding for The Flag City Freedom Fireworks Celebration was obtained through outside sponsorships from private enterprises in the community including Homer Skelton Ford, Homer Skelton Chrysler Dodge Jeep, Allied Waste Services, Malco Theaters and Rock 103 and 600 WREC. No Department of Defense, Department of the Navy or Naval Support Activity Mid-South appropriated or non-appropriated funds have been or will be used in the funding of the Flag City Freedom Fireworks Celebration.
Thanks to the contributions of these businesses, Brighton’s A.J. Davidson was able to toss a frisbee with his brother. The city of Millington provided a bungee-jumping station for children like Hayden Herdon of Memphis. Dallas Lowery, 13 months, was all smiles playing games with his family in the picnic area.