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The United States Army Field Band to Start Independence Week Celebration

Jul 2, 2012


The Ohio Air National Guard Band of the Great Lakes will play on July 2 on Roosevelt Hill in Glen Miller Park at 7:30pm as part of this year’s free Independence Week Celebration. 

The "555th Air Force Band" dates back to the 1920's. The band was known then as the "148th Infantry Band" at an armory in downtown Toledo, Ohio. During WWII, the 148th was combined with several small military bands throughout the area to form the "37th Ohio Division Band". This band served in the Pacific during WWII. In the latter part of 1945, the band returned to Fort Hayes in Columbus, Ohio. When the Army Air Corp was separated in 1947 to form the United States Air Force, the original members of the 148th Infantry Band reorganized an Air Force Band back in Toledo. On June 30, 1948, the 555th Air Force Band was born. The Air National Guard later renamed the band to better reflect our mission as an Air Force Band and is now called the Air National Guard Band of the Great Lakes.

The performance is free and open to the public.

Their musical appearance happens just a day before fireworks explode, as Richmond will watch the sky light up on July 3 on Roosevelt Hill in Glen Miller Park.  Rain date is set for July 4.

The last Independence Week Celebration event will occur on July 7 with the showing of Captain America.  Kids activities begin at 8:30 p.m. and the movie will play at dusk on Roosevelt Hill in Glen Miller Park.  This movie is rated PG-13, 124 minutes. 

The Richmond Parks and Recreation department sponsors these events to provide for the positive development and well being of the Richmond community through the provision of parks, greenways, trails and recreational programming and facilities.  The department works in cooperation with other service providers and partners in the community to maximize all available resources.  To learn about this event or other programs available this summer, please visit www.richmondindiana.gov.


Blair Beach


 (765) 983-7426

Richmond Parks & Recreation

2200 East Main St.
Richmond, IN 47374