Camp Blanding Marking 75th Year

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The Florida National Guard will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Camp Blanding Joint Training Center beginning at 9 a.m. Jan. 10 at the Camp Blanding Museum and Memorial Gardens, 5629 State Road 16 West, Starke. The event begins with a ceremony honoring Lt. Gen. Albert H. Blanding.

In addition to the permanent military displays at the Camp Blanding Museum and Memorial Gardens, there will be uniforms, models and other items on display from World War II to the present day.

 From 1940 to 1945 Camp Blanding was federalized with more than 900,000 men and women training for World War II. It was also home to a WWII prisoner of war camp for Germans captured by the Allies.  Rupert Metzroth was a German Soldier and a prisoner at Camp Blanding.  A reenactment group dressed as German Soldiers and American MP’s will accompany Metzroth as he returns to Camp Blanding. Other highlights include:

*  Armor Modeling and Preservation Society (AMPS) will have a modeling display of military vehicles. *   There will also be cake cutting in honor of the 75th Anniversary. *   Different historical groups will have weapons and uniform displays from WWII through Vietnam. *   The Museum will be displaying its uniform and weapons collects from WWII to present day. *  As always, the museum and gardens will remain open to the public until 4 p.m.

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