The Charlie Daniels Band will be the headliner at this year’s fourth annual “Freedom’s Call” Tattoo, held Friday, June 27, on the grounds of the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

Freedom’s Call Tattoo is an adaption of a time-honored military tradition that features ceremonial music, military aircraft flyovers, airpower demonstrations, static displays and evening fireworks.

This year’s event will also include an enlistment ceremony of new Air Force recruits from the Dayton area, recognition of local family support organizations, and medal presentations to active and retired Air Force servicemen and women. The event is held on the grounds adjacent to the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., and the ceremony will begin at 8 p.m.. The event is free and open to the public.

Charlie Daniels is a Popular Draw at Air Force Events
Charlie Daniels during a 2004 concert at Dyess AFB, Texas. The Charlie Daniels Band is slated to perform at the Air Force Materiel Command Tattoo June 27 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The country music artist is pictured. - U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kiley Olds

“‘In just four years, Freedom’s Call has established itself as an impressive, off-the-charts educational and patriotic event that has become a must-do summer outing for people of all ages and backgrounds,” said Col. Colleen Ryan, 88th Air Base Wing commander. “It’s an event that presents a two-fold opportunity: It joins together the base and surrounding communities to honor the men and women serving in our armed forces, and it enables citizens first-hand observation of the military capability those men and women use to fight to preserve our freedom.

Last year parking became a problem as thousands showed up for the event. This year, the parking problem has been addressed according to the colonel who sadi that over 3,000 new parking spaces are being added, provided by neighboring Wright State University. The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority is also on board, and will provide park-and-ride services from the university.

“It’s a family-oriented event,” Col. Ryan said. “There are so many activities for kids and adults, including the debut of an information and technology exhibit of military capabilities both currently employed and developed here at Wright-Patterson. We change the venue a little bit from year to year, so patrons don’t know exactly what to expect.”

In addition to the display, there will be game tents for kids, sponsor booths and local bands. Signaling the Tattoo’ s official start at 8 p.m. will be a line-up of active-inventory aircraft, led by the F-22 Raptor, which is tentatively scheduled, followed by a quick-moving multi-faceted recognition ceremony, accompanied by music provided by the U.S. Air Force Band of Flight. The Charlie Daniels Band will take the stage at 9 p.m. and play for nearly an hour before the evening concludes at 10 p.m. with one of the most dynamic fireworks displays in southwest Ohio.

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Story by Kathleen A.K. Lopez, 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs. Edited by Beavercreek Record staff.