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Special Event: Armed Forces Day

Springfield Armory National Historic Site

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On May 20th, the park hosted its annual celebration of Armed Forces Day. Park staff, VIP’s, community leaders, reenactment groups, and modern military units commemorated the contributions of Americans in military service throughout the history of the United States. A parallel theme was the contribution of the US Army’s Springfield Armory to the nation’s defense from 1794 to 1968 through its production of military firearms. The most well known of those designed, developed and produced at the armory was the M-1 rifle. Reenactment groups portrayed the dress, camp scenes, and equipment used by troops through eight major conflicts, from the Revolution through the Vietnam War. Members of the US Army, Massachusetts Army National Guard, and US Air Force Reserve brought modern vehicles and equipment and answered visitor questions about modern military operations. The 77th New York Balladeers serenaded visitors with the music popular during the Civil War, and the Warehouse Point Fife and Drum Corps played tunes representing the time period of the Revolution through the Civil War.



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