The National Park Service played more than host to the thousands who gathered to see the National Capital 4th of July Fireworks Celebration. It also made sure that American military personnel, their families and others stationed overseas could get a glimpse of the celebrations live via a Web-based global TV network devoted to Veterans and members of the U.S. Merchant Marine.
The live webcast gave viewers around the world a picture-perfect view from the top of the Netherlands Carillon bell tower, across the Potomac River in Arlington, Va., framing the fireworks against an iconic backdrop of the US Capitol, the Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial.
Produced by TV Worldwide, based in Chantilly, Va., the live webcast was delivered to viewers worldwide on USVets.TV, Maritime TV and TVWorldwide.com. Recordings of the event will also be archived on the websites.
The webcast also featured additional programming saluting the veterans of U.S. Merchant Marine, from privateers who bravely fought for American independence to mariners who have supported our Armed Forces for over two centuries. The work of several troop support groups was also highlighted including Operation Interdependence, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund‘s effort to build the Education Center at the Wall, and ThanksUSA.
According to Dave Gardy, chairman and CEO of TV Worldwide, and a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, this year’s National Capital 4th of July Fireworks Celebration was seen by service members and others in more than 30 countries including:
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