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Although festivities were initially delayed due to heavy rain, skies cleared and the Independence Day 2005 Beach Blast was underway. First on the agenda was a bike parade in which kids decorated their bikes in red, white, and blue. Keynote speakers Lieutenant Colonel Anne Daugherty and the Honorable Greta Morris (US Ambassador to the Republic of the Marshall Islands) welcomed everyone and reminded us of what we really celebrate on July 4th. Afternoon activities included a volleyball tournament, carnival games for the kids, swimming, local entertainment, kayak rides, and yes, a decent amount of beer drinking. The evening fireworks display was impressive and was followed by AFE comedians Cash Levy and Kelly Moran (though we didn't stick around for the show).

Simone Smead welcomes everyone during the opening ceremony, with heavy showers knocking at our doorstep.
Opening Ceremony
Heavy showers approach
Heavy showers approach
Bike Parade
Bike Parade
Bike Parade
Bike Parade
Bike Parade
Bike Parade
Bike Parade
Bike Parade
Bike Parade
Bike Parade
Don't Rain on Our Parade
Don't Rain on Our Parade
Most people sought shelter under the pavilion and since it was collocated with the food line, it was a perfect excuse to grab a snow cone, hamburger, or foot-long hotdog.
Shelter from the storm
The rain let up and we were serenaded with a number of cheers from the Camp Adventure Kids.
Camp Adventure Kids
Keynote speaker Lt. Colonel Anne Daugherty
LTC. Anne Daugherty
Keynote speaker Greta Morris, US Ambassador to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI)
US Ambassador to the RMI
Chester, Lilly, and Minnie
Chester, Lilly, and Minnie
Volleyball tournament
Volleyball tournament
Uncle Sam gives a thumbs up to Food Services for their hard work
Thumbs up to Food Services
Aiden and Jon
Aiden and Jon
People got the chance at payback with Cowboy in the dunk tank.
Cowboy gets dunked
People got the chance at payback with Cowboy in the dunk tank.
Cowboy gets dunked
Bounce thingy
Bounce thingy
Emon Beach was packed with people enjoying the beautiful day and warm water.
Emon Beach
In addition to being thankful for life, libery, and the persuit of hapiness, Val's also thankful for cold beer.
This Bud's For You
Aiden and Celeste decided to bury my feet in the sand.
Aiden and Celeste bury my feet in the sand
Fun in the sun
Fun in the sun
Fresh squid (bottom-left) is used to bait flies, a persistent pest on Kwajalein.
What fly problem?
Sunset
Sunset
Father John Sheehan sang a number of showtunes
Father John Sheehan
Celeste and Aiden sport their radioactive necklaces
Celeste and Aiden
Glow-Rope-O-Rama (lama-ding-dong)
Glow-Rope-O-Rama (lama-ding-dong)
Fireworks
Fireworks
A couple enjoys the fireworks from the surf
Fireworks
Fireworks
Fireworks
Fireworks
Fireworks
Tropical Pomp and Circumstance
Tropical Pomp and Circumstance
The Fireworks Barge
The fireworks barge
A tear in the fabric of space
A tear in the fabric of space
Fireworks
Fireworks
Finale
Finale
Finale
Finale
Celeste, Mark, and Aiden enjoy the show
Celeste, Mark, and Aiden enjoy the show
 

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