Atterbury to offer free event

CAMP ATTERBURY — The public is invited to attend the Camp Atterbury Veterans Memorial Association Community Social Saturday from 11 a.m until 2 p.m. at the Camp Atterbury Indoor Museum and the Outdoor Memorial.

The museum will be open throughout the free event. The museum highlights the camp’s history beginning in 1942 when 40,000 acres of prime south central Indiana farmland was turned into a massive Active Army Military Training Post.

During both World War II and the Korean War, Camp Atterbury trained hundreds of thousands of soldiers and maintained the largest military hospital in the continental U.S. During World War II, Camp Atterbury also served as a prisoner of war camp for thousands of Italian and German POW’s captured in overseas combat.

Following the Korean War, Camp Atterbury was deactivated as an active duty post until 1969 when the Indiana National Guard assumed control and began rebuilding Camp Atterbury as a military training site.

The Indiana National Guard operates Camp Atterbury as a year-round training site for members of all branches of the U.S. military as well police and first-responder agencies.

The Outdoor Camp Atterbury Memorial has a static display of military weapons, equipment and vehicles surrounding a stage area where current military ceremonies and presentations are held.

The social will begin at 11 a.m. with opening remarks and a fly-over by the Columbus Indiana HUEY. Helicopter rides will be available for a fee of $100 for adults and $50 for kids.