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 Jul 13 2021

4th of July and the RAGBRAI in Iowa, United States of America

The 4th of July, Independence Day, is the National Day of the United States commemorating the Declaration of its Independence, on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject (and subordinate) to the monarch of Britain, King George III, and were now united, free, and independent states.

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Today, Independence Day is commonly celebrated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, political speeches, and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Americans are expected to eat 150 million hot dogs and spend over $1 billion dollars on fireworks over the long holiday weekend

Brian Berns, Technical Sergeant in the United States Air Force, is the Staff Assistant to the Deputy Commander of the Joint Support and Enabling Command since October 2020.

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Elkader is a small city (population 1,200) in Iowa with strong historical relations to Algeria

He grew up in Iowa, a state in the heart of the Midwest, well known for its landscape of rolling plains and cornfields, between the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. His hometown Elkader is a small city (population 1,200), named after Abd El-Kader, a young Algerian who was leading his people in resisting the French colonialism between 1830 and 1847; its sister city is Mascara, Algeria.

Did you know Iowa is home to the largest bike-touring event in the world?

RAGBRAI is an acronym and registered trademark for the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, which is a noncompetitive bicycle ride organized by The Des Moines Register, the daily morning newspaper of Des Moines, capital of Iowa.

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This year's ride is scheduled to begin July 25, 2021, in Le Mars and end July 31 in Clinton, with a total distance of 730,8 kilometres and 3,644 metres of altitude difference to climb.
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The ride goes across the state of Iowa from west to east, and draws recreational riders from across the United States and many foreign countries. First held in 1973, RAGBRAI is the largest bike-touring event in the world. Routes change every year—since its inception, routes have covered 780 Iowa towns in all 99 counties; including Berns' hometown Elkader, outnumbering its population by far.

"When I was a boy, experiencing 8,000 riders descend upon my small hometown created a lifelong memory and appreciation for this event," remembered Berns, smiling.

Story by Joint Support and Enabling Command

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Americans spend over $ 1,000,000,000 dollars on fireworks over the long holiday weekend.
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Iowa is a state in the heart of the Midwest, well known for its landscape  of rolling plains and cornfields, between the Missouri and Mississippi  rivers
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After a COVID-19 break, this year's ride is now scheduled to begin July 25, 2021, in Le Mars and end July 31 in Clinton, with stops in Sac City, Fort Dodge, Iowa Falls, Waterloo, Anamosa, and DeWitt.
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Brian Berns, Technical Sergeant in the United States Air Force, is the  Staff Assistant to the Deputy Commander of the Joint Support and  Enabling Command since October 2020. When he was a boy, the RAGBRAI sent 8,000+ bicycles through his small hometown, outnumbering its population by far.

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