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The American flag flies high at the U.S. Air Force Memorial near Washington, D.C.

Marc Selinger/Boeing

The American flag flies high at the U.S. Air Force Memorial near Washington, D.C.

Celebrating independence

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.

Staff and students assembled on Ross Field at Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill., forming a living version of a 1917 American flag

Chief Gas Turbine Electrician
David C. Smith/U.S. Navy

Living Colors
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 Centennial.

U.S. Marines march

Sgt. Alvin Williams, U.S. Marine Corps/
Department of Defense

Parade March
U.S. Marines from Marine Barracks Washington march in the Sunset Parade at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va.

Soldiers raising flag

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.

Members of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) task force, march in Normandy, France

Sgt. Felix R. Fimbres/U.S. Army

Remembrance March
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.

U.S. Air Force honor guard presenting the colors

Airman 1st Class Katherine Windish/
U.S. Air Force

Presenting Colors
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 Forces.

U.S. flag displayed at outdoor concert in Iraq

Mass Communication 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.

Sailors saluting flag

Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brien Aho/U.S. Navy

Morning Salute
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.

Sailors line up in formation

Pfc. Michelle S. Mattei/U.S. Marine Corps

Birthday Salute
Sailors at Camp Pendleton, Calif., line up in formation to participate in a ceremony celebrating the Navy Hospital Corps’ 112th birthday.

U.S. soldiers and members of The Old Guard, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment

D. Myles Cullen/U.S. Army

Standing Guard
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.

Osprey nest at Kennedy Space Center

Jim Grossmann/NASA

National Nest
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 Assembly Building.  

U.S. flag in Afghanistan

Spc. Eric Cabral/U.S. Army

Forward Flag
A flag marks the American presence at Forward Operating base Baylough in Zabul province, Afghanistan.

A bronze honor guard at the U.S. Air Force Memorial near Washington, D.C.

Marc Selinger/Boeing

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

Randy Jackson/Boeing

True Colors
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.

Ewell Stutts, a World War II veteran, is thanked for his service upon arriving at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C.

Marc Selinger/Boeing

Honor Flight
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.