Freedom and Fireworks Fly at 2016 US Family Health Plan Freedom Over Texas Festival

Earlier this month, US Family Health Plan Alliance member organizations celebrated Independence Day by participating in patriotic events across the country. In Houston, Christus Health proudly served as title sponsor of the Freedom Over Texas Festival, an annual Fourth of July event that draws more than 50,000 people from across the state and region.

Presentation of the colors on the main stage at US Family Health Plan Freedom Over Texas on July 4, 2016.
Mural artwork at the US Family Health Plan Freedom Over Texas festival on July 4, 2016.
The National Anthem is sung at US Family Health Plan Freedom Over Texas on July 4, 2016.
Fireworks from roof of 2100 Memorial Drive July 4, 2016 at US Family Health Plan Freedom Over Texas (photo by Donna Carson)
A pair of Military Helicopters land near downtown Houston on Allen Parkway early Saturday morning, July 2, 2016. The US Family Health Plan Freedom Over Texas event on July 4th.
US Family Health Plan Freedom over Texas 2016 Meet & Greet with Eli Young Band and Darius Rucker July 4, 2016.

Christus Health, part of TRICARE’s US Family Health Plan program, serves members in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana. Overall, the US Family Health Plan program provides care to nearly 150,000 military family members and retirees across the country.

This year, the Freedom Over Texas Festival featured fireworks displays and musical performances by country music superstars Darius Rucker and the Eli Young Band. The day also included a historic flyover by two Vietnam War-era helicopters, flown by two veterans who had been shot down on July 4, 1971.

Alongside the festival events, Christus Health worked with the Houston Dynamo, the local Major League Soccer franchise, to host Military Appreciation Night on Saturday, July 2. This partnership is an extension of Christus Health’s relationship with the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Soccer for Success program, which helps Houston-area kids who might normally lack the resources to play soccer.

“We were so grateful to be a part of this event that gives back to the city of Houston and surrounding communities in a way that highlights the sacrifices of our armed services,” said Anita Leal, Executive Director of the Christus Health US Family Health Plan.

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