National Park Service Teams with TV Worldwide to Again Salute Troops with Live Webcast of Nation's Capital 4th of July Fireworks

Independence Day Celebration Webcast to U.S. Troops Overseas This Year Will Highlight Contributions of U.S. Merchant Marine Veterans

Washington, D.C., July 3, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Washington, D.C., July 3, 2012: TV Worldwide, ( a fast-growing web-based global TV network, in cooperation with the National Park Service, will again produce a free live webcast of the Washington, D.C., National Capital 4th of July Fireworks Celebration for the benefit of American military personnel and their families stationed overseas. This year the webcast will salute veterans of U.S. Merchant Marine, from privateers who bravely fought for American independence to mariners who have supported our Armed Forces for over two centuries.

The free web broadcast coverage begins at 8:45 PM (ET) on Wednesday, July 4. The simulcast will also highlight efforts of the troop support group, Operation Interdependence, (, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund's ( effort to build the Education Center at the Wall, ( and ThanksUSA (

People around the world can tune to TV Worldwide's Internet TV Channel for Veterans, USVets.TV (www.USVets.TV), and maritime industry audiences, Maritime TV ( to view our nation's brilliant fireworks display firsthand and view a pre-event program highlighting the U.S. Merchant Marine.

The National Capital Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:10 PM (ET), and will last roughly 21 minutes.  The fireworks are choreographed to a simulcast audio program of patriotic music that will be provided by the National Park Service.  The webcast will be produced from the top of the Netherlands Carillon bell tower across the Potomac River in Arlington, VA, allowing for a spectacular view of the US Capitol, the Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial.

"Just as we've done since 2001, the TV Worldwide staff again takes pride in producing this satellite and web event for those Americans serving around the world, unable to be here for the best fireworks celebration in the world," commented Dave Gardy, Chairman and CEO of TV Worldwide. "We are thankful for the cooperation and assistance of the National Park Service, in helping us produce the Independence Day celebration from our nation's capital for the brave men and women deployed around the world protecting freedom and democracy."

TV Worldwide will offer commentary and content prior to the event. Participants should have the Flash Player installed prior to the event and should log on by 8:45 PM, (ET), on Wednesday, July 4th.The production will be archived at www.USVets.TV, and for later viewing.

About TV Worldwide

Founded in 1999, TV Worldwide ( developed the first Internet TV network of community-based Internet TV channels, primarily targeting niche professional communities ranging from the Maritime industry to the Digital Media sector. Known by many in the industry as "Intelligent Internet TV," Fortune 500 companies, 35 federal government agencies, and numerous international associations including the National Association of Broadcasters, utilize TV Worldwide's live and archived state-of-the art video streaming content applications and Internet TV channels. In recognition of the company's unique achievements in new media, TV Worldwide was selected by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) to webcast the Daytime Emmy Awards and the Emmy awards for Technology and Engineering. CEO Dave Gardy has been honored by Streaming Media Magazine in 2008 as one of the 25 Most Influential People in Streaming Media. Mr. Gardy also currently serves as the President of the International Webcasting Association (IWA).

About USVets.TV

The USVets.TV channel (www.USVets.TV), an Internet TV Channel on the TV Worldwide Network, is dedicated to provide live and on-demand programming targeted to, and supportive of U.S. active duty military personnel and veterans of all services, and their families. The USVets.TV team and channel sponsors believe we owe a debt of gratitude to these brave men and women whose sacrifices have preserved our freedom and protected national interests around the world. USVets.TV is pleased to serve this audience and the support groups which provide assistance to our troops and veterans, with dedicated, community-based, interactive content that truly addresses their needs and interests.

About Maritime TV
As a pioneering global Internet broadcasting and streaming media company, TV Worldwide ( developed the first Internet TV network of community-based interactive channels, including Maritime TV ( in 1999. Maritime TV is now the industry's pre-eminent channel for live and archived webcasts and video presentations involving the commercial and military shipping industry. Programming on Maritime TV ranges from congressional hearings on important marine industry issues, to live interactive town hall and advocacy group meetings, to training on shipboard safety and operational fundamentals.  Maritime entertainment-based programming is also available, including the entire collection of episodes from the renowned television series, 'Victory at Sea'. Over time the channel has also evolved into a leading source of industry-specific information for media outlets in the mainstream press, such as USA Today. Maritime TV is pleased to serve this industry, so vital to the global economy, as the world's first maritime TV channel.

About VVMF and the Education Center at the Wall

The Education Center at The Wall is a place on our National Mall where our military heroes' stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten. With a groundbreaking planned for November 2012, the Education Center is a multi-million dollar, state-of- the-art visitor's center and learning facility to be built on the grounds of the Vietnam Veterans and Lincoln Memorials. Visitors will better understand the profound impact the Vietnam War had their friends and family members, their hometowns and the nation. The Center will feature the faces and stories of the 58,282 men and women on The Wall, honoring those who fell in Vietnam, those who fought and returned, as well as the friends and families of all who served.

Established in 1979, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., promoting healing and educating about the impact of the Vietnam War.

Support the Education Center by visiting or calling 866-990-WALL.

About Operation Interdependence®

Operation Interdependence®
( ) is a civilian-to-military delivery system® that serves as a program for Americans to demonstrate their support for our deployed military.

Across the nation, men and women are given orders to deploy on a regular scheduled deployment. These deployments are known to the public and allow our service members and their families to plan. However, special orders are given as well for our nation's military to deploy at a moment's notice.

Operation Interdependence® is designed to support regularly scheduled deployments. Information is given to military officials in order for the military leadership to have a grasp on our support. We do not nor, do we want to, interfere with special deployments, unless specifically requested by the deployed forces. It is imperative to all participating with O.I.®, to learn that care packaging can produce an unintended consequence, pulling a service man or woman from vital training only to be placed in a special deployment with training minus the hours lost due to attending to care packages from home.

We are essentially creating the work force from this side of the fence, and contributing to removing a logistical tail that tends to present some required decisions other than focusing on the battle plan. Everything we do must put the decision makers in the best position to carry out the strategies that will secure our freedoms.

Our success will be based on our ability to needing each other, tying all organizations that send care packages to our deployed forces with one civilian-to-military delivery system® that ensures that everyone gets a piece of home every month, just like clockwork. Let us change by making America first, and take charge by employing Supply Change Management creating a Capability System that is Efficient and Effective to increase our country's Combat Capability.

About ThanksUSA

ThanksUSA is a non-partisan, charitable effort to mobilize Americans of all ages to "thank" the men and women of the United States armed forces. We're doing that by providing need-based college, technical and vocational school scholarships for their children and spouses.

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