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Community anticipates Hooray for Heroes

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COMMAND MESSAGE

By The Staff

By BRIG. GEN. DON CAMPBELL

Fort Knox Commander

Saturday is Armed Forces Day, and our civilian neighbors are taking the time and making a great effort to recognize our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines with a day-long event, Hooray for Heroes.

President Harry Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. On Aug. 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department—the Department of Defense.

Fort Knox enjoys a wonderful relationship with the surrounding communities. The community shows its appreciation for our Soldiers and their families annually with the Hooray for Heroes event.

In addition to our military, the day is dedicated to police and firefighters who protect us daily.

The event will kick off at noon in the parking lot between the Radcliff Wal-Mart and Stithton Baptist Church. The day will be split into two parts beginning with an outdoor celebration from noon to 5 p.m. with games and prizes for the kids, door prizes, clowns, military displays, food, and live entertainment.

The evening patriotic program in Stithton Baptist Church starts at 7 p.m. with the Fort Knox 113th Army Band and a presen-tation from retired Sgt. Maj. Tony Rose, who survived the attack at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

The live entertainment will include Pauly Zarb, The Wulfe Brothers and Sgt. 1st Class Jamie Buckley and Master Sgt. Marty Gowin—The USAREC Entertainment Team—as well as the 113th Army Band during the evening event.

There will be an ample amount of things for the kids to do during the day, including face paintings, clowns, and the chance to crawl around on a M1A1 Abrams tank, a Stryker, and a Bradley Fighting Vehicle. The latter is an opportunity I’m sure will interest most adults as well.

Lunch will be free to all active and retired military personnel, as well as their families. The food will consist mostly of picnic type items—hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, and cole slaw. Free ice cream and homemade cookies will be available.

If all of that isn’t enough to get you to come out, plan to make one new friend from outside the Fort Knox fence.

This will be my first chance to enjoy Hooray for Heroes. I look forward to visiting the afternoon events and I’m honored to be asked to speak at the evening program.

I hope to see you all there.

Forge the Thunderbolt!

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