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75th Anniversary at Historic Camp Claiborne
August 14 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
75th Anniversary Celebration of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions at Historic Camp Claiborne
(ALEXANDRIA, LA) – The Kisatchie National Forest, Fort Brag, Fort Campbell, and Fort Polk cordially invite the public to attend the 75th anniversary of the activation of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions on Monday, August 14, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. The special celebration will take place on historic Camp Claiborne at the Junction of LA 112 and LA 165 at the Camp Claiborne Division Headquarters. Shuttle services to the event site will be available so please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the ceremony. Tents, bottled water and cooling fans will be provided. The event is open to all ages and is free to the public.
The celebration honors the site where two critically important airborne divisions were activated 75 years ago in 1942. Under the command of Major General Omar Bradley, the 82nd Infantry Division, otherwise known as the “All American” during World War I, was reactivated on March 25, 1942. A few months later the 82nd Infantry was divided to form two airborne divisions, the 82nd and the 101st.
The 82nd Airborne under the direction of Major General Matthew Ridgway trained extensively in North Africa for the invasion of Sicily (Operation Husky), followed by fighting in Italy, France (Normandy Invasion), Holland (Operation Market Garden), Belgium (Ardennes), and Germany. The 101st Airborne’s “Screaming Eagles” under the command of Major General William Lee followed by General Maxwell Taylor fought in France (Normandy Invasion), Holland (Operation Market Garden), and was recognized for their significant role in the defense of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. For their heroic defense of Bastogne, the 101st was awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation.