Story and photos by Rob Schuette, The
Real McCoy Staff
People from throughout the area and the region came to
experience the military and its history at Fort McCoy's annual
Armed Forces Day Open House May 17.
Static displays and hands-on demonstrations portrayed the
wide variety of experiences and events that drive the military
Young, younger and old alike enjoyed the exhibits.
Lori Arndt and her son, August, of Wilton came with Cub
Scout Pack 467. August liked getting dog tags and seeing the
When he was asked which vehicle he liked the best, August
said, "All of them."
Francis Ruedy of Sparta said he enjoyed seeing the World
War II equipment in the Equipment Park and other World War II
"Those were the good old days," Ruedy said.
Clinton Voss of Fond du Lac, who was at Fort McCoy in
1957-58, said he thought it was a great event and enjoyed seeing
items from the Korean War era.
Steven Edwards, a military spouse attending the event with
his daughter, said he enjoyed much of the information.
Edwards liked the safety information and good all-around
Because his wife serves in the military, he said he was
interested in the mobilization/deployment information for spouses
Tracey Leis of Norwalk said her two sons enjoyed seeing the
vehicles and getting dog tags.
The 2009 event is scheduled for May 16, 2009, which will be
held during the installation's 100th anniversary year. For more
information about Armed Forces Day Open House, call the Fort McCoy
Public Affairs Office at (608) 388-2407.
May and June host a number of patriotic commemorations.
Other commemorations in May or June include Memorial Day
(observed last Monday in May with a federal holiday, formerly
observed May 30), D-Day (June 6), and Army Birthday/Flag Day (June
For more information about National Military Appreciation
Month (NMAM) events, visit the NMAM Web site at http://www.nmam.org.
"Our military has played a major role in the
development of our country chronicled through their unbending
honor, their dedication to duty and their love of the
country," the NMAM
Web site states. "Federal, state and local governments and
private-sector entities are invited to participate in this special
month and to encourage everyone to sponsor and participate in
Guests at the Fort McCoy Open House visit one of the Commemorative
Area buildings in the 800 block, which featured, among other
things, potbellied stoves.