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Fort Polk celebrates Freedom Fest 2013

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Freedom was celebrated Thursday at Fort Polk's Freedom Fest.

It was an opportunity for soldiers and their families to relax and enjoy some free entertainment.

The event came at a good time for some soldiers as around 1,200 with Fort Polk's 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division are deploying to Afghanistan this month.

The group will be among the last American military units in Afghanistan as U.S. operations wind down there.

Thursday's event was open to the public. It also featured food, vendors, informational booths, games and more.

Some of the soldiers spoke to KPLC about what July 4 means to them and to their comrades in combat.

"Well, I think the 4th of July is a good opportunity for us to remember, so I think throughout the year we should celebrate it ongoing throughout the year, but I think today is a good day for everybody to come together and remind each other exactly why we do what we do," said Marc Krugh, a Fort Polk soldier.

Serena Pruitt is a member of a Family Readiness Group at Fort Polk. The groups, called FRGs, are made up of soldiers' spouses and children. The groups serve as support networks for families. The groups' members also pull together in times of deployments to support one another.

"Kind of sad, but kind of sad because they're leaving again for a little bit, but it's only going to be for nine months this time so I'm just happy that they're happy to be serving their country," said Pruitt.

"It's good when it's done, but while you're doing it it's a little stressful. Hope everybody comes home and I know they'll get through it. They have each other and they have us back here supporting them," Krugh added.

Those who attended Freedom Fest caught performances by The Chris Watson Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

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