Photo Essay: Marines in Iraq celebrate America's independence

4 Jul 2004 | Sgt. Colin Wyers

In America, softball games were being held. Hamburgers and hot dogs were cooking out on the grill. The whiz of fireworks sang across the sky.The Marines of the I Marine Expeditionary Force, deployed to the Al Anbar Province, were not able to join their families and friends in those celebrations. But many of them were able to take time away from helping the Iraqis safeguard their newfound freedom to celebrate over 200 years of their own nation's freedom.Some came out to participate in intramural sporting events. Some stayed in, to watch DVDs or read a book in their living quarters. And some had to continue to carry on the mission they came out here to do.