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Why we celebrate the 4th of July

Charlie Nau Charlie Nau
Herb Heilbrun Herb Heilbrun
Frank Lohr Frank Lohr
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Before we rush off to our perspective parties, we urge you to consider the significance of our national holiday.

"We have to remember what people did to preserve this nation. If we ignored all those days (war time action), it would be the end of us. Right now we're having a few problems, but hopefully we'll get back on track." –Charlie Nau, radar operator in the P-51 Black Widow and B-29, Army Air Corps

"Everything dealing with our country and protection and everyone who didn't come back- the 4th of July is not a day off. It's a day to remember. We can't forget." – Herb Heilbrun, B-17 pilot, Army Air Corps

A Bronze Star recipient of the US Army Air Corps who ran defense against Japan, tested the B-25 in preparation for the Doolittle Raid, and flight engineer for the B-29, Frank Lohr poses with his crewmembers.

The Cincinnati Warbirds EAA Squadron 18 of Cincinnati, OH recently sponsored the Commemorative Air Force's visit to Lunken Airport. A few veterans of the last world war visited and took time to talk to the many people who turned out to see the spectacular warbirds.

As you celebrate the holiday please consider the honor, sacrifice, hard work, dedication, fear, hunger, homesickness… just parts of the complicated whole that by word or action, are part of the fabric of the United States of America, given to us as a gift never to be forgotten. 

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