Claim: Photographs show a mass re-enlistment ceremony held in Iraq on the Fourth of July in 2008.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, July 2008]
I’m sure you already know about this. It was shown over and over on TV, right?
OK, so maybe it wasn’t shown over and over, but surely it was shown on TV at least one time, wasn’t it?
This was the largest re-enlistment ceremony ever held in military history. The ceremony was held on the 4th of July, 2008 at
For those who have been in the Al Faw Palace, you’ll have a better appreciation of the number of people crammed around the rotunda supporting the
American men and women volunteering to stay longer in Iraq, so that when we leave, the new democracy will have a chance of surviving, is the exact opposite of what the media wants you to think about Iraq. If only a bomb had killed
A pizzeria in Chicago donated 2000 pizzas that were made and shipped to Baghdad, and were delivered on the 4th.
The media did report that 2000 pizzas were sent to Iraq on
I can’t help but wonder …
What would the opinion of Americans be if they weren’t getting such obviously biased ‘news?’
Origins: When the United States celebrates its Independence Day, not all of those celebrations take place within the U.S. Many Americans who are members of the armed services, are employed in government service, or are otherwise stationed away from their home country celebrate the
One such away-from-home Independence Day celebration, at Camp Victory (a
In Iraq, the U.S. military celebrated the Fourth of July with what it billed as “the largest
Gen. David Petraeus, head of all coalition forces in Iraq, administered the oath in Saddam Hussein’s former Al-Faw Palace in Baghdad. John Phillip Sousa’s marches blended with roars of “Freedom,”
Money was an incentive for many but so was a belief in what they are doing more than five years into a war far away from their homes. Hundreds were in their second and third tours in the combat zone.
“There’s no place I’d rather be to celebrate America’s birthday than here in Iraq,” said Petraeus, who described the troops as “America’s new ‘Greatest Generation.'”
The general compared the
After the ceremony in one of the late dictator’s
Despite the claims made in the text accompanying the photographs displayed above, the
Last updated: 3 July 2014
Alleruzzo, Maya. “US Soldiers in Iraq Mark Fourth of July.” The Washington Post. 4 July 2008. Tharp, Mike. “In an Iraq Palace, 1,215 U.S. Troops Re-Enlist.” The Denver Post. 4 July 2008. Yost, Pete. “New Citizens Get Glimpse of Free Speech in Action.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 5 July 2008.