May 18, 2001

MCAS Miramar Presents Armed Forces Day Festival

Salute America's military at San Diego's largest Armed Forces Day celebration. The 2001 Armed Forces Day Festival will be held at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join more than 15,000 visitors at this event, which is open to the public. Admission and parking are FREE!

The Armed Forces Day Festival has something for everyone to enjoy. Stroll along and get a rare close-up look at the latest military technology as armed forces personnel introduce you to the tools of their trade. Scheduled for display at this year's event are a Marine Corps helicopter and numerous military ground vehicles. Squadron memorabilia will be available for purchase.

Festival visitors will also experience history through reenactments conducted during a U.S. Armed Forces military history exhibition by K Co., 2nd U.S. Cavalry. The exhibition features period clothing, equipment and performances by groups re-enacting the lifestyle and major battles of the Mexican War, the Old West and the Civil War.

An obstacle course, a 30-foot slide, Astro jumps, pony rides and other free amusements will provide excitement for youngsters. Throughout the day, the entire family can enjoy continuous live performances, including a performance by the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band and a presentation by a MCAS Miramar Color Guard.

Local San Diego businesses will have displays in the Consumer Fair. And, San Diego Spirit players will be on hand for autographs.

Another popular aspect of the Armed Forces Day Festival is the Car Show. Antiques, muscle cars, street rods, classics, exotics, motorcycles and more will be on display throughout the day at the Armed Forces Day Festival. The first 100 entrants in the Car Show will receive limited edition dash plaques and T-shirts. Awards will be given in several categories.

Those who prefer crafts to cars will be happy to learn that a Craft Fair is another featured event at the Festival. Shoppers can select from a wide variety of handcrafted items for sale.

Mark your calendar for May 19, because you don't want to miss a moment of Armed Forces Day Festival fun! MCAS Miramar is located in San Diego County between the 805 and 15 Freeways.

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