Airborne & Special Operations Museum

Iron Mike statue in front of the Airborne & Special Operations Museum, in Fayetteville.

Come celebrate the 79th anniversary of the first military parachute jump with Fort Bragg during National Airborne Day, Saturday, Aug. 17, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville, N.C.

National Airborne Day is observed every year on August 16, but Fort Bragg celebrates the day on the following Saturday so the community at large can participate in this milestone of airborne history.

The day begins with the opening of the static displays and pre-event music at 8 a.m. The following is the timeline of events:

9 a.m., narrator welcoming remarks

9:30 a.m., an outside performance by the 82nd Airborne Division "All American" Chorus

9:45 a.m., a mock door demonstration

10 a.m., static displays and rock band performance by the 82nd Airborne Division

11:15 a.m., an indoor performance by the 82nd Airborne Division "All American" Chorus

11:30 a.m., a mock door demonstration by the 82nd Airborne Division

11:45 a.m., a HALO demonstration by the All Veterans Parachute Team

“National Airborne Day honors and celebrates our paratrooper linage,” said Elvia Kelly, Fort Bragg spokeswoman. “This yearly celebration brings together paratroopers, past and present, with our local communities for a fun, Family friendly event. This is a first-hand opportunity to experience what makes our paratroopers the best in the world.”

The first parachute jump was conducted by the parachute test platoon, organized of members of the 29th Infantry Division, who conducted the first jump Aug. 16, 1940.

National Airborne Day was created in 2001, and former President George W. Bush proclaimed August 16 as National Airborne Day. It was joined by the U.S. Senate in 2009 with Senate Resolution 235.

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