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April 27, 2012


Many events planned for post’s Armed Forces Day Open House

Fort McCoy will host its annual Armed Forces Day Open House Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
This free event is an opportunity for the public to get acquainted with the role of the installation.
IMAGE: Armed Forces Day Open House poster

Armed Forces Day is observed annually the third Saturday in May to pay tribute to the men and women who serve in the U.S. armed forces. Service branches represented with displays this year are the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Navy.

“We are excited to host the annual Armed Forces Day Open House,” said Linda Fournier, Fort McCoy Public Affairs officer. “This is our chance to showcase aspects of our present-day mission as a Total Force Training Center and share our history, as well.”

The fort’s award-winning Commemorative Area, with its park-like setting, will be the backdrop for the day’s events.

The area includes the History Center, which features displays, photographs and memorabilia that detail the installation’s history; five World War II-era buildings, which are set up to depict Soldier life during the 1940s and other displays; the Equipment Park, which is an outdoor display of historic and present-day military equipment; and Veterans Memorial Plaza, which is a tribute to all men and women who have served the nation throughout Fort McCoy’s history.

All will be open throughout the day.

“The guided installation bus tours are always a guest favorite. It gives them a chance to sit back and take in the sights while the guide describes the areas along the route,” Fournier said. “Those who take the tour can expect to have a good overview of what Fort McCoy is all about.”

The one-hour bus tours begin at 9:30 a.m. and will run continuously throughout the day. The last tour will depart at 2:30 p.m.
Guests should start their visit at the Information Area, located at the entrance to building 905. Staffers there can provide an overview of events and answer questions.

Building 905 also will have activities such as personalized ID tags, camouflage face painting and temporary tattoos, as well as displays about environmental programs, safety, military clothing and more.

Outdoor displays will include military equipment, an interactive marksmanship shooting gallery, a sandbag-filling station, police and fire equipment, a fire safety smoke house and outdoor recreation equipment.

A concession stand will be available to anyone wanting to purchase food or drink items.

Open House visitors must use Gate 15, which is off Wisconsin State Highway 21, between Tomah and Sparta,Wis.
All adults must provide a photo ID upon entering.

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