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Freedom Fest on Fort Carson honors military families' commitment to nation

By: Chhun Sun
July 2, 2017 Updated: July 2, 2017 at 10:46 pm
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Scenes from the Freedom Fest at Ft. Carson on Sunday, June 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

Rosalba Martinez's husband, Army Capt. Ricardo Martinez, is in Europe with about 4,000 other soldiers from the Colorado Springs post, participating in a show of commitment to our overseas allies intended to deter growing Russian aggression.

In his, and the other soldiers' absence, the post and its military families honored their commitment to safeguarding the country with a two-day celebration of the nation's birthday.

Fort Carson's Freedom Fest, held Saturday and Sunday, included a carnival for children like Martinez's three daughters, live music, a car show and fireworks at the post's Iron Horse Park.

Patriotism was the order of the day, with many participants wearing red, white and blue.

On Sunday, carnival rides stopped briefly while light rain and lightning moved through the post. When they were turned back on, Carla Hernandez - one of Rosalba Martinez's daughters - couldn't help but let out a little squeal.

"Let's go," the 12-year-old said, pointing to a ride called the Tornado with cages that spin again and again. "I'm ready."

For retired Army Staff Sgt. Thomas Senthen, the event was a way to recognize his dad, who spent the last few years of his life rebuilding a 1963 Chevy Impala.

The vintage car earned the award for best custom car in the Liberty Edition Road Bender's Car Show, one of the main attractions of Freedom Fest.

The younger Thomas didn't want his dad's work be forgotten, so he entered the ride into the car show and drove it from Omaha, Neb.

"This car has means more than some of the stuff that I have," Thomas said. "My dad lives through this car."

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