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McCoy set to celebrate Armed Forces Day with May 17 Open House

      Fort McCoy will host an Armed Forces Day Open House Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fort McCoy's Commemorative Area. The Commemorate Area, which is located in the 800 block of the installation, will serve as the hub for Open House activities. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Open House activities in the Commemorative Area.

Poster: Armed Forces Day May 17, 2008

      Many family oriented activities are planned for the Fort McCoy event, which is free and open to the public.

      Events will include bus tours of the installation, personalized dog tags, camouflage face painting, a sand bag filling station, and an obstacle course. Visitors also will be able to try on military equipment and drive radio-controlled tank models. Displays of military equipment and clothing and military re-enactors will be on site.

      The Equipment Park, Commemorative Area Buildings and History Center will be open throughout the day. The Equipment Park features more than 50 pieces of equipment representative of the equipment used throughout McCoy's history. The Commemorative Buildings highlight the World War II era.

      Items on display at the History Center include artifacts and photographs depicting the installation's history from 1909 to the present day.

      Building 905 and the area around it will feature many displays.

      An Information Area will be located at the main entrance of building 905. One-hour installation bus tours will depart from the east side of the building beginning at 9:30 a.m. and running throughout the day.           

      Refreshments will be available for purchase.

      Visitors must use Gate 15 (Tomah Gate) to access Open House grounds from off post. The gates are manned by security personnel, and adult visitors must show photo identification upon entering. For more information, call (608) 388-2407.


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