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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Glory Daze to celebrate independence

  • An action-packed celebration of America’s independence and patriotism arrives June 28 at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center.
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  • An action-packed celebration of America’s independence and patriotism arrives June 28 at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center.
    The Glory Daze Family Spectacular will honor the nation’s heroes and feature free entertainment for all ages, beginning at 3 p.m.
    Event coordinator John Ayers said live music, ranging from country tunes to a barbershop quartet, sounds off at 4 p.m.
    “Music-wise, our main goal is to offer sounds that are rooted in American culture. I think we accomplished that this year and I’m very excited about it,” he said.
    Young attendees can enjoy an array of spirited activities, including face painting and caricature drawings.
    “We have plenty of games planned for the children, including clowns, skydiving demonstrations, and vintage war planes flying overhead that will keep everyone entertained,” Ayers detailed.
    At dusk, a special tribute to fallen soldiers consists of the playing of “Taps,” a musical performance and a solo skydiver act incorporating the American flag.
    “The purpose of Glory Daze is to reinforce patriotism and hopefully educate along the way,” Ayers explained. “The only reason we are a free nation is because of the sacrifices made by those who came before us, and those currently serving our country to keep it that way.”
    The tribute will lead into a fireworks extravaganza around 9:45 p.m. Onlookers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Synced to music, the show will showcase an inspiring end to the community gathering.
    “Glory Daze brings the entire town together,” Ayers said. “And the program we have planned will be powerful, plus emotional, as we show our gratitude to this great country and our military personnel.”

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