FORT LEWIS, Wash. – Fort Lewis will open its gates to the Puget Sound community for the installation’s annual Armed Forces Day celebration on Saturday, May 16.
The 2009 Armed Forces Day schedule begins at 9 a.m. with the annual 5K “Mud Run” obstacle-course race. At 10 a.m., the parade grounds open.
This year’s attractions include: historical military reenactments, military vehicle displays, live music and entertainment, climbing wall, pony rides, 10K Volksmarch, local All-Star and Army vs. Air Force soccer games, a parachutist drop onto Watkins Field, craft and food vendors, and the “Northwest Military Star” amateur singing competition.
Access and Parking Information:
Guests without an installation access pass should enter Fort Lewis via the Dupont Gate: Take Interstate 5 to at Exit 119. Northbound travelers should stay to the right as they exit the highway, southbound travelers should turn left as they exit the off-ramp and proceed eastbound across the overpass to enter the installation.
- All vehicles entering the installation are subject to inspection.
- Drivers must present a valid license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance
- Passengers age 16 and older must present photo ID
Civilian vehicles that are selected for inspection will be directed to the inspection area for processing. Vehicles cleared for entry to the installation will be directed to a parking area where shuttle buses will transport visitors to and from the event site.