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Open House offers glimpse 
of military life, history 

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 mission.

      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 vehicles.

      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 exhibits.

      "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 family information.

      Because his wife serves in the military, he said he was interested in the mobilization/deployment information for spouses staying behind.

      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 14).

      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 programs."

Photo: 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. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
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. 
 


Photo: Sgt. Paul Matl of the Wisconsin State Patrol shows the search-and-detection prowess of his K-9 partner, Ella, to personnel at the Fort McCoy Open House. Ella is a narcotics detection/tracking dog. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Sgt. Paul Matl of the Wisconsin State Patrol shows the search-and-detection prowess of his K-9 partner, Ella, to 
personnel at the Fort McCoy Open House. Ella is a narcotics detection/tracking dog.

 

Photo: Youth attending the Fort McCoy Open House enjoyed camouflage face painting, getting dog tags, filling sand bags and viewing military equipment and exhibits. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Youth attending the Fort McCoy Open House enjoyed camouflage face painting, getting dog tags, filling sand bags and viewing military equipment and exhibits.


Photo: A youth operates a radio-controlled miniature "tank" at the Fort McCoy Open House. The hands-on demonstration of military tactics was sponsored by the Military Cadets of Fox Valley, of Appleton, Wis. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
A youth operates a radio-controlled miniature "tank" at the Fort McCoy Open House. The hands-on demonstration of military tactics was sponsored by the Military Cadets of Fox Valley, of Appleton, Wis. 

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