As we celebrate America's freedom during this July
Fourth week, Boeing honors the U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen
and Marines who ensure each and every day the colors of the American
flag remain flying high and proud. The photo collage below displays
images mostly taken by U.S. servicemen and women. Through this
special feature we hope to showcase a small sampling of what
our flag and country means to those who serve. We thank all members
of the U.S. military for your service and for preserving freedom
for ourselves and future generations.
For original photos and postings click on the images below.
Chief Gas Turbine Electrician
David C. Smith/U.S. Navy
More than 7,400 staff and students assembled on Ross Field
at Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill., to form a living version
of a 1917 American flag in preparation for the 2011 Great Lakes
Sgt. Alvin Williams, U.S. Marine Corps/
Department of Defense
U.S. Marines from Marine Barracks Washington march in the
Sunset Parade at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington,
Sgt. Shawnon Lott/U.S. Army
Raising the Flag
U.S. soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain
Division, raise the U.S. flag during a June 14 celebration
of the Army’s 235th birthday at Forward Operating Base
Hammer in Baghdad, Iraq.
Sgt. Felix R. Fimbres/U.S. Army
On June 4, members of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological
Operations Command (Airborne) task force, led by Maj. Gen. David
N. Blackledge, marched in Normandy, France, to commemorate the
66th anniversary of the Allied invasion to liberate Europe.
Airman 1st Class Katherine Windish/
U.S. Air Force
A U.S. Air Force honor guard presents the colors during the
Conference of American Air Chiefs Twilight Tattoo at Bolling
Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. The event celebrated “50
years of Friendship and Cooperation” between nations
belonging to the System of Cooperation among American Air
Specialist 1st Class Steven King/U.S. Navy
Rock in Iraq
The U.S. flag is displayed at an outdoor concert at Contingency
Operation Base Speicher in Iraq. Texas rock band Los Lonely
Boys performed as part of a tour of U.S. bases in Iraq.
Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brien Aho/U.S. Navy
U.S. Navy sailors aboard the amphibious transport ship USS
New Orleans salute the American flag during morning quarters
in Manzanillo, Mexico, where the ship is participating in Southern
Partnership Station, an annual deployment of U.S. military
training teams to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility
in the Caribbean and Latin America.
Pfc. Michelle S. Mattei/U.S. Marine Corps
Sailors at Camp Pendleton, Calif., line up in formation to
participate in a ceremony celebrating the Navy Hospital Corps’ 112th
D. Myles Cullen/U.S. Army
U.S. soldiers and members of The Old Guard, 3rd U.S. Infantry
Regiment, observe the Army’s 235th birthday on June 14
by standing guard in formation at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
at Arlington National Cemetery, Va.
An adult osprey guards its young in a nest built on a platform
at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) press site in Florida.
The KSC site coexists with the Merritt Island National Wildlife
Refuge, which is home to more than 330 species of birds, including
the osprey, and a variety of other wildlife. Behind the birds
is a 209-foot-by-110-foot American flag painted on the Vehicle
Spc. Eric Cabral/U.S. Army
A flag marks the American presence at Forward Operating base
Baylough in Zabul province, Afghanistan.
Air Force Guardians
A bronze honor guard at the U.S. Air Force Memorial near
Washington, D.C., stands sentry with the Pentagon in the background.
The main flight deck door of the USS Dwight
D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier sports its true patriotic colors. Sailors
have painted it red, white and blue and put the nickname of
the carrier’s namesake – ‘Ike’ – on
its metal veneer. Pilots and crewmembers pass through the hatchway
before and after their missions.
Euell Stutts, a World War II veteran from Florence, Ala.,
is thanked for his service upon arriving at Reagan National
Airport in Washington, D.C. Stutts was among more than 80 World
War II veterans from the Tennessee Valley area who flew to
Washington in May, courtesy of the Honor Flight organization,
to see memorials built in honor of those who served.