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Military reenactments, C-17 flyover, bands, kid stuff and more at Lewis-McChord Armed Forces Day open house Saturday

Post by Kris Sherman / The News Tribune on May 11, 2010 at 4:31 pm with 1 Comment »
May 11, 2010 4:32 pm

No matter your age or your interests, there’s probably something to intrigue you – or supply you with just plain fun – during the annual Armed Forces Day open house at Joint Base Lewis-McChord this weekend.

A variety of events – all open to the public – are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

They’ll include historical reenactments, military vehicle displays, a climbing wall, pony rides and inflatables for kids to play on, craft and food vendors, a beer garden and 5K and 10K volksmarches.

There’s also a variety of music and entertainment. Stilt walkers, magicians, clowns, a Dixieland band and other entertainers will stroll the grounds.

Stage acts are scheduled from 10 to 6 and will include the Tacoma Scots Pipe Band from 11 a.m., to noon and the Army Rock Band playing patriotic songs from 5 to 6 p.m.

Army and Air Force soccer teams will square off in a 2 p.m.match.  A Globemaster III flyby is scheduled at 3 p.m.

Members of the general public must enter the base at the DuPont Gate, Exit 119 off of Interstate 5. If you don’t have an access pass, you’ll need a valid driver’s license, car registration and proof of insurance. Passengers 16 and over also need photo identification. Vehicles may be searched.

You’ll be directed to a parking area, and shuttle buses will take you the events at Cowan and Memorial Stadiums.

Here’s a copy of the news release from Lewis-McChord:

Joint Base Lewis-McChord
News Release #054-10
May 11, 2010

Community invited to Armed Forces Day celebration at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. – Joint Base Lewis-McChord will open its gates to the Puget Sound community for the installation’s annual Armed Forces Day celebration this Saturday, May 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The 2010 Armed Forces Day schedule begins at 9 a.m. with the annual 5K “Mud Run” obstacle-course race at Soldiers Field House.

At 10 a.m., the Cowan and Memorial Stadiums on JBLM Lewis-Main will open—this is where most of the attractions will be located.

This year’s attractions include: historical military reenactments, military vehicle displays, live music and entertainment, climbing wall, pony rides, craft and food vendors, and 5K and 10K Volksmarches. There will also be an all-female soccer game beginning at 11 a.m., Army vs. Air Force soccer game at 2 p.m., and a C-17 Globemaster III flyby at 3 p.m. A more detailed scheduled of events is located at the following website: http://www.jblmmwr.com/armedforcesday/

Access and Parking Information:

Guests without an installation access pass should enter JBLM Lewis Main via the DuPont Gate: Take Interstate 5 to Exit 119. Northbound travelers should stay to the right as they exit the highway, southbound travelers should turn left as they exit the off-ramp and proceed eastbound across the overpass to enter the installation.

• All vehicles entering the installation are subject to inspection.
• Drivers must present a valid license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance
• Passengers age 16 and older must present photo ID

Civilian vehicles that are selected for inspection will be directed to the inspection area for processing.

Vehicles cleared for entry to the installation will be directed to a parking area where shuttle buses will transport visitors to and from the event site.

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