Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Lewis-Main, will open its gates to the Puget Sound community for the installation's annual Armed Forces Day celebration from 10 am to 6 pm. This year's attractions include military vehicle displays, historic military reenactments, carnival rides, music and roving entertainment, climbing wall, and of course food and craft vendors.

Open to the Public! Take I-5, Exit 119. The general public must use the DuPont gate and will be shuttled to Cowan and Memorial Stadiums. Valid ID cardholders can use the other gates.

Cost: Admission, parking, military displays, and viewing the historical reenactments and athletic events are free. The carnival rides, food, pony rides, and crafts are available for purchase.

Your Families will see roving entertainers, scale a rock wall, visit a petting zoo, bounce and slide on inflatables, play-fight with foam swords, make fun sounds on the junk chimes, climb aboard military vehicle displays, buy eats and treats among various food and craft vendors, enjoy carnival rides, watch a rugby match and much more.

History of Armed Forces Day

On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department -- the Department of Defense. Each of the military leagues and orders was asked to drop sponsorship of its specific service day in order to celebrate the newly announced Armed Forces Day. The Army, Navy and Air Force leagues adopted the newly formed day. The Marine Corps League declined to drop support for Marine Corps Day but supports Armed Forces Day, too. For more information, please click link to History of AFD on top right.

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