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121st participates in Red White and Boom

U.S. Airmen with the 121st Air Refueling Wing participate in the Red, White and Boom firework show July 3, 2015 in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The airmen set up and raised the flag during the national anthem at the start of the show, a tradition that has gone on for over 20 years. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Ashley Williams/Released)

U.S. Airmen with the 121st Air Refueling Wing participate in the Red, White and Boom firework show July 3, 2015 in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The airmen set up and raised the flag during the national anthem at the start of the show, a tradition that has gone on for over 20 years. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Ashley Williams/Released)

U.S. Airmen with the 121st Air Refueling Wing participate in the Red, White and Boom firework show July 3, 2015 in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The airmen set up and raised the flag during the national anthem at the start of the show, a tradition that has gone on for over 20 years. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Ashley Williams/Released)

U.S. Airmen with the 121st Air Refueling Wing participate in the Red, White and Boom firework show July 3, 2015 in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The airmen set up and raised the flag during the national anthem at the start of the show, a tradition that has gone on for over 20 years. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Ashley Williams/Released)

U.S. Airmen with the 121st Air Refueling Wing participate in the Red, White and Boom firework show July 3, 2015 in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The airmen set up and raised the flag during the national anthem at the start of the show, a tradition that has gone on for over 20 years. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Ashley Williams/Released)

U.S. Airmen with the 121st Air Refueling Wing participate in the Red, White and Boom firework show July 3, 2015 in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The airmen set up and raised the flag during the national anthem at the start of the show, a tradition that has gone on for over 20 years. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Ashley Williams/Released)

U.S. Airmen with the 121st Air Refueling Wing participate in the Red, White and Boom firework show July 3, 2015 in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The airmen set up and raised the flag during the national anthem at the start of the show, a tradition that has gone on for over 20 years. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Ashley Williams/Released)

U.S. Airmen with the 121st Air Refueling Wing participate in the Red, White and Boom firework show July 3, 2015 in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The airmen set up and raised the flag during the national anthem at the start of the show, a tradition that has gone on for over 20 years. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman Ashley Williams/Released)

RICKENBACKER AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ohio -- More than 30 Airmen and their families, with the 121st Air Refueling Wing, participated in a 20 year tradition of  raising the flag during Red, White and Boom July 3 in downtown Columbus.

"I've been doing this for about 14 years total," said Master Sgt. Keith Koblitz, with the 121st ARW. "I find it remarkable how the younger Airmen pull together and get involved and excited about participating in this event."

The Airmen and their families volunteered to raise the flag during the national anthem at the start of the firework show.

"Being up top, you don't really see it, but watching that flag go up with the national anthem playing and fireworks going off is amazing," said Koblitz.

The garrison flag was raised on the side of the old Columbia Gas building, now owned by the Casto Real Estate Company.

"It was our first year with a different set of people, but they were awesome," said Senior Master Sgt. Joe Dixon, with the 121st ARW. "It's great to be able to keep this tradition going."

The Airmen also rode in the parade with the Ohio National Guard and the 122nd Army Band.

"It's a great feeling to be a part of the tradition and having the guard help out," said Dixon. "I get to show off my unit and show people what we're a part of."

"I'm so glad to see that this tradition will be welcomed back again next year," said Dixon.