Atterbury hosting free event, 5K

Staff Report

Camp Atterbury is hosting its third annual Community Day on Sept. 16. It is free and open to the public.

The event is intended to promote goodwill among military veterans, the local community and those currently serving in support of Atterbury-Muscatatuck.

“We look forward to sharing this day with our community family and friends. Because of (the community’s) great support, Camp Atterbury and Muscatauck have grown to become a premier training venue, one our community would be proud of,” post commander Col. John Silva said.

This year’s event begins with the 5K Suicide Awareness Run at 8 a.m. Registration opens at 7:30 at the Mitch Daniels North Barracks Complex.

Welcoming comments and a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial, located at the outdoor museum follow at 9:30 a.m. It is a tribute to service members and veterans that have deployed through Camp Atterbury and Muscatatuck since World War II.

A military static display area, community information, live music, food, tours, history re-enactors, Sahara the camel, inflatable obstacle course and a live fire demonstration also are part of Community Day, starting at 10 and hosted for the first time at the Mitch Daniels North Barracks Complex — located across the street from the main post.

A POW chapel ceremony at the POW Chapel on Stone Arch Road begins at 11:30.

“This year we are pleased to announce the return of the POW Chapel service located at the historic POW Chapel. The base served as an internment camp for approximately 15,000 Italian and German prisoners of war, housed in a large compound were today sits the POW chapel,” Silva said.

The live-fire demonstration starts at 3 p.m. Attendees must catch a bus prior to the event.

Information: Capt. Jessica Cates, 812-526-1386,