Army, Fayetteville to celebrate Fort Bragg's 100th and National Airborne Day
By DREW BROOKS | The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. | Published: August 13, 2018
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Tribune News Service) — The Airborne & Special Operations Museum and the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum are teaming up to help tell the story of Fort Bragg and the end of World War I.
The two downtown museums will launch collaborative exhibits on Aug. 18, the same day the Army hosts its annual National Airborne Day celebration at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum.
The Airborne Day celebration will include public demonstrations and entertainment at the parade field between the museum and the North Carolina Veterans Park.
Events begin at 8 a.m. with a demonstration by the U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, and the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Team, the Black Daggers. They will end at noon, following a high-altitude, low-opening parachute jump.
World War I reenactors will also be on hand for the celebration.
The Airborne & Special Operations Museum, at the corner of Bragg Boulevard and Hay Street, will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on National Airborne Day, which is historically one of the busiest days of the year for the museum.
That same day, the museum will formally open a special exhibit honoring the 100th anniversary of the nation’s largest military installation. The exhibit will remain on display until mid-December.
Another exhibit, honoring North Carolina’s role in World War I, also will go on display at the North Carolina Veterans Park.
And the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum, located in a former railroad depot on nearby Franklin Street, will unveil its updated exhibits on the war and the creation of Camp Bragg in 1918.
The three exhibits will be within walking distance of each other and aim to complement one another.
The Airborne & Special Operations Museum exhibit will touch on the Great War, the early days of what is now the 82nd Airborne Division and how the overseas war impacted the nation.
Part of that impact was the creation of new military installations, including what would become Fort Bragg.
Camp Bragg was created as a training grounds for field artillery but has since evolved to be home of the nation’s airborne and special operations forces.
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