MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - While many folks enjoyed their holiday cooking out, fishing or going to the beach, lots of people spent Thursday, July 04, 2013 touring the USS Alabama and other exhibits at Battleship Park. Most people made it a family day, celebrating Independence Day by remembering the sacrifices made for our freedom.
"I hope they get a little better feel and better appreciation for the people that fought for our freedom, what they did and the sacrifices that they made," Louisville native Glenn Sieja said of his children.
Allan Rich from Montgomery was there with his wife and two sons.
He said, "See some of the things, some of the opportunities, to see how people have served in the country before in the military and things like that."
The Hanleys came from Florida to spend the day at the park. They were in for a real treat when they met World War II veteran and former Prisoner of War, Colonel Glenn Frazier autographing his book, Hells Guest. Young Summer Hanley was thrilled to meet him.
"It was so cool. I didn't know that he was in World War II and I thanked him for his service and stuff," Summer said.
For Summer's mom, Jennifer, making the decision to spend the day at the battleship was an easy one.
She said, "We can always go the beach, but this is all about America and why we're free and I can't think of a better place to come to."
She wasn't alone. Hundreds if not thousands paid a visit on Independence Day, something sailor Cody Ramaekers appreciated.
"It's nice to see all these people out here and it's fun to see the pictures of what things used to be like and how they've changed," Ramaekers said.
To wrap up the day's festivities, The Mobile Pops performed at 7 p.m. followed by Mobile's fireworks show at 9 p.m.
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