McCoy will host its annual Armed Forces Day Open House Saturday, May
16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine.
Sgt. Paul Matl of the Wisconsin
State Patrol shows the search-and-detection prowess of his K-9
partner, Ella, to personnel at the 2008 Fort McCoy open house.
The dog is scheduled to be at the 2009 open house May 16. (File
event is open to the public. Admission and parking are free.
year’s open house will feature a mix of time-tested favorites and
McCoy is marking an important milestone in 2009 — its 100th
anniversary. According to Fort McCoy Public Affairs Officer Linda
Fournier, the installation has contributed to the defense preparedness
of the nation throughout its "Century of Service to
open house offers a wonderful opportunity for people to learn more
about the role of today’s armed forces and specifically the rich
history of Fort McCoy, and have fun in the process," she said.
"With the events and activities we have planned, there should be
something that appeals to people of all ages."
said the buildings and park-like setting of Fort McCoy’s
Commemorative Area will serve as the hub for all activities.
History Center, Commemorative Area Buildings and Equipment Park will
be open throughout the day. Items on display at the History Center
include artifacts and photographs depicting the installation’s
history from 1909 to the present day.
displays within the History Center all have been redone within the
last year, so even those who have visited us before will find new
things to see," Fournier said.
five World War II-era commemorative buildings help tell Fort McCoy’s
unique story through the use of period furnishings and displays. These
facilities, which have not undergone significant renovation and are
representative of the types of buildings found in the cantonment area
when it was constructed in 1942, help to depict Soldier life during
Equipment Park is an outdoor static display of more than 50 pieces of
historic and present-day military equipment, ranging from helicopters
and howitzers to trucks and trailers.
include guided bus tours of the installation, personalized dog tags,
camouflage face-painting, an interactive marksmanship gallery, an
obstacle course for children, and historical military re-enactors.
Many informational exhibits and displays of modern military equipment
and clothing also will be on site.
and refreshments will be sold at a concession stand throughout the
would encourage all visitors to make the Open House Information Area
in building 905 their first stop of the day," Fournier said.
will have staff there to provide an overview of what is available on
the grounds and answer questions," she said. "We always look
forward to telling the Fort McCoy story. We’re hoping that many
people will choose to make the most of this opportunity for an
inexpensive and educational family outing."
House visitors must use Gate 15 (Tomah Gate) to access the Open House
grounds from off post. Adult visitors must be prepared to show photo
identification upon entering.
more information, call 608-388-2407.