Celebrating Independence Day

Goodfellow volunteers present the 50 state flags during the 31st Annual San Angelo Symphony Pops Concert at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStage, San Angelo, Texas, July, 3, 2018. Attendees of the concert were able to enjoy a variety of patriotic songs from the symphony and a firework display at sundown. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Goodfellow volunteers present the 50 state flags during the 31st Annual San Angelo Symphony Pops Concert at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStage, San Angelo, Texas, July, 3, 2018. Attendees of the concert were able to enjoy a variety of patriotic songs from the symphony and a firework display at sundown. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Ricky Mills, 17th Training Wing commander, speaks before the start of the 31st Annual San Angelo Symphony Pops Concert at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStage, San Angelo, Texas, July 3, 2018. Mills reflected on the relationship that Goodfellow and San Angelo share, thanking the community for their constant support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Ricky Mills, 17th Training Wing commander, speaks before the start of the 31st Annual San Angelo Symphony Pops Concert at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStage, San Angelo, Texas, July 3, 2018. Mills reflected on the relationship that Goodfellow and San Angelo share, thanking the community for their constant support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Goodfellow Air Force Base volunteers carry the flag to Chadbourne Street bridge in preparation for the 31st Annual San Angelo Symphony Pops Concert on July 3, 2018, at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStage, San Angelo, Texas. The flag was draped over the bridge while the symphony played ‘The Overture of 1812’ cannon fire from the Old Fort Concho cannon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Goodfellow Air Force Base volunteers carry the flag to Chadbourne Street bridge in preparation for the 31st Annual San Angelo Symphony Pops Concert on July 3, 2018, at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStage, San Angelo, Texas. The flag was draped over the bridge while the symphony played ‘The Overture of 1812’ cannon fire from the Old Fort Concho cannon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Volunteers from Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas drape the United States flag over Chadbourne Street bridge during the 31st Annual San Angelo Symphony Pops Concert July 3, 2018. The free concert was held as an early celebration of Independence Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Volunteers from Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas drape the United States flag over Chadbourne Street bridge during the 31st Annual San Angelo Symphony Pops Concert July 3, 2018. The free concert was held as an early celebration of Independence Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Attendees of the San Angelo Symphony Pops Concert watch as the fireworks are shot off from the Celebration Bridge at San Angelo Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStage, San Angelo, Texas, July 3, 2018. The concert included performances by the Community Band, Goodfellow Color Guard and a presentation of the 50 state flags. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Attendees of the San Angelo Symphony Pops Concert watch as the fireworks are shot off from the Celebration Bridge at San Angelo Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStage, San Angelo, Texas, July 3, 2018. The concert included performances by the Community Band, Goodfellow Color Guard and a presentation of the 50 state flags. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Brian Rivera, Independence Day celebration volunteer, paints faces at the Independence Day celebration on Goodfellow Air Force Base Recreation Camp, Texas, July 4, 2018. After enjoying live music, food and games, attendees could sit on the lake and watch a fireworks display. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

Brian Rivera, Independence Day celebration volunteer, paints faces at the Independence Day celebration on Goodfellow Air Force Base Recreation Camp, Texas, July 4, 2018. After enjoying live music, food and games, attendees could sit on the lake and watch a fireworks display. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines/Released)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

For over 240 years America has been celebrating her independence from Britain. This year, San Angelo and Goodfellow members were able to celebrate at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStage with the 31st Annual San Angelo Symphony Pops Concert, July 3.

“I was here as a Captain, and I left in 2002,” said Col. Robert Ramirez, 17th Training Wing vice commander. “It was an amazing show then, but this is even more amazing than I remember.”

Goodfellow service members participated in the concert with a performance by the base Color Guard, a presentation of the 50 state flags and a draping of the flag over Chadbourne Street bridge.

“It was so great to see everyone in San Angelo come out to support us,” said a member of the color guard, Airman 1st Class Aniniou Morkos, 316th Training Squadron trainee. “It was so patriotic and the sound of the canon they shot off was awesome.”

Having performed for more than 60 years, the San Angelo Symphony played a variety of songs including the ‘The Overture of 1812’ accompanied by cannon fire and the draping of the United States flag from Chadbourne Street bridge.

“The whole event was amazing,” said Col. Ricky Mills, 17th TRW commander. “I am very proud of the service members who were able to come out and help with the event, but without the support of the community we couldn’t do what we do. It is with their support that we are able to maximize the training we do.”

The concert wasn’t the only way to see fireworks and celebrate the holiday. On July 4, service members and their families were able to head out to the Goodfellow Recreation camp and enjoy food, games and music before picking the perfect spot on the lake to watch the fireworks lake at sundown.

“Back where I am from we celebrate the holidays a little different,” said Airman 1st Class Jason Booth, 315th Training Squadron trainee. “It isn’t as involved, seeing the whole town come together to support us, even shutting down roads so they could drape the flag off of the bridge, was amazing. Then we get to come out here and have even more fun, it is just awesome to see all of the support.”

San Angelo and Goodfellow have been intertwined since 1940, when the base was first established as the San Angelo Air Corp Basic Flying School. Since that time, there has never been a lack of support from either one.

“Just knowing how long we have had that support and that great relationship with the community is amazing,” said Mills. “It is amazing, sometimes I can’t believe how much support there is in this community.”