The public is invited to join paratroopers past and present when they gather at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville, NC, August 18 to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the first U.S. soldiers to jump out of “perfectly good airplanes” on National Airborne Day. This year’s event, held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., marks the historic parachute jumps that took place at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia.
Included in the festivities are free-fall parachute demonstrations by the Golden Knights, the U.S. Army Parachute Team; the Black Daggers of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command; and the 82nd Airborne Division’s All American Freefall Team.
According to the Fayetteville Convention and Visitors Bureau, those in attendance can talk with soldiers from Fort Bragg as they display modern weapons, equipment and machinery alongside those used since World War II. Re-enactors, dressed in WW II uniforms will also walk among soldiers of today.
A ceremonial wreath will be laid in front of the iconic “Iron Mike” statue in honor of all Airborne and special operations soldiers who have fallen in defense of the United States.
As much as the Fayetteville area has strong ties to modern military history, it also has significant military history dating back to the Revolutionary War era. Read more about the Patriots, Past & Present Trail to learn more. The brochure provides a detailed history of each site on the trail and mapping details.
For more information on attractions, accommodations and events in Fayetteville and Cumberland County, check the Fayeteville Convention and Visitors Bureau web site.