Annual July 4 celebrations for personnel at Britain’s largest U.S. Air Force base have been canceled amid heightened fears of a terrorist attack, military officials said. Traditionally attended by thousands of service members and their families, the two-day event was organized by RAF Lakenheath — home to the 48th Fighter Wing — and nearby RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, England.
However, it was canceled “due to the most current, local threat assessments,” the base announced Thursday.
It comes amid worldwide fears of lone-wolf terrorist attacks inspired by an ISIS spokesman who urged supporters to unleash “a month of disaster” during the current Muslim holy period of Ramadan.
Love that “holy month” of Ramadan, and great to the U.S. observing it as well by canceling a longstanding event.
“We sincerely apologize,” RAF Lakenheath said, saying the cancelation decision had been taken “with heavy hearts.” “The decision was made due to the most current, local threat assessments. We make every effort to ensure the safety of our airmen, their families and our U.K. partners and must make difficult decisions like this when lives are on the line,” it said.
Disgraceful. Everywhere in the world, the United States is sheltering in place, afraid of its shadow.